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Talatat: sanctuary of the Great Temple

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Limestone talatat representing the Great Aten Temple at Amarna. The structure is identified as the Great Temple based on the profuse depiction of altars and food offerings.

Provenance

Hermopolis (originally from el-Amarna). Excavated by the Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition between 1929 and 1939 (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, no. PC 260); by 1963: with Jean Vinchon & Cie.; purchased by the MFA from Jean Vinchon & Cie., June 19, 1963.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, 1349–1336 B.C.

Object Place

el-Amarna (Akhetaten), Egypt

Findspot

Hermopolis, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 22.7 x 26.9 x 3.8 cm (8 15/16 x 10 9/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

63.961

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief