Fragment of a column drum featuring the royal family worshipping

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten
1353–1336 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Hermopolis; Object Place: Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten)


Height x width x depth: 22.4 x 52.5 x 6.1 cm (8 13/16 x 20 11/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Columns and capitals

Limestone fragment showing the common scene of the royal family worshipping the Aten. The family procession, consisting of Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Meretaten, would have been shown twice around the column drum.


Hermopolis (originally from el-Amarna). Between 1929 and 1939, excavated by the Deutsche Hermopolis-Expedition (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, no. 125). By 1967, private collection; 1967, sold by Spink and Son, Ltd., London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 10, 1967)

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund