Fragment of a boundary stele with Nefertiti and two princesses

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


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 50.8 x 30.5 x 7.4 cm (20 x 12 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.18

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

One of many stele that marked the perimeter of Akhetaten, this frament shows Nefertiti worshipping the Aten, followed by her two eldest daughters. Both daughters hold sistra.

Provenance

From el-Amarna (boundary stela S). By 1932: with Jacob Hirsch (purchased in Paris); by 1941: Joseph Brummer Gallery, New York; by 1979: Ernest Brummer collection; 1979: sold at auction by Galerie Koller and Spink & Son (The Ernest Brummer Collection, Vol. II, Sale Catalogue for Zurich Sale October 16-19, 1979, lot # 509); by 1992: with Noele and Ronald Mele, New York; 1992: purchased by the MFA from Noele and Ronald Mele.

Credit Line

Marilyn M. Simpson Fund