Fragment of a boundary stele with Nefertiti and two princesses

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


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

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2020


The Ancient World



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.


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.

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Marilyn M. Simpson Fund