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, purchased in Paris by Jacob Hirsch (dealer; b. 1874 - d. 1955), Galerie Ars Classica, Lucerne; November 1, 1932, half-interest sold by Ars Classica to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. H 120); June 24, 1949, half-interest sold by the Brummer Gallery to Ernest Brummer (b. 1891 - d. 1964), New York; April 8, 1969, remaining half-interest sold by the Jacob Hirsch estate to the Brummer estate; October 16-19, 1979, Ernest Brummer estate sale, Galerie Koller, Zurich, lot 509. 1992, sold by Noele and Ronald Mele, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 26, 1992)

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Marilyn M. Simpson Fund