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, 2020

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, 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)

Credit Line

Marilyn M. Simpson Fund