Talatat: Portrait of Nefertiti

Talatat: Portrait of Nefertiti

c. 1353-1347 BC

Painted sandstone

Overall: 21.5 x 24.3 cm (8 7/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1976.4



The son of Amenhotep III, Akhenaten, brought about the short-lived "monotheistic" revolution in Egyptian religion near the end of Dynasty 18. The young king constructed a temple complex to the Aten, the Sun Disk, at Karnak—from which these reliefs come—before he moved his capital to El Armana. For reasons yet unknown, the figure of the Queen Nefertiti appears in these reliefs far more often than that of the king. Ironically, the Aten temples were dismantled anciently to be used as foundations and fill for additions to the Great Temple of Amun, whom the Aten had briefly displaced.

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