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Relief Fragment
Egypt, 18th Dynasty (1570 - 1293 BC), Limestone, 34 cm x 33 cm

In the history of Egypt the reign of the 18th Dynasty was a period when after reunification Egypt had regained its power and had invaded neighboring countries, Syria and Nubia. It was also a period of famous pharaohs like Hatshepsut (reigned 1479-1458 B.C.) - the first female ruler of Egypt, Thutmose III (reigned 1479-1425 B.C.) who’s military power and strategic wars had made Egypt the largest in the history, Amenhotep IV (reigned 1353-1336 B.C.) who had assumed the new name Akhenaten proclaiming worship of the sun god Athen, with his consort Nefertiti, then Tutankhamen (reigned 1333-1324 B.C.) who’s luxuriously furnished tomb had been discovered (A.D. 1922) in the Valley of the Kings. The power of Egypt resulted also in the cultural development with reflection in art and monumental architecture. Revolutionary attitude of Akhenaten had especilly significant impact on aesthetics giving birth to a phenomenon that after the name of the capital is called the art of Amarna.
This relief depicts 2 people bringing offerings. The one on the right holds a stalk of papyrus in his right hand and something resembling a bundle of barley(?) is hanged over his left elbow. The one behind him holds a tray with some food. A duck is visible below his left elbow. Both personages with naked upper half of the body wear a short cloth wrapped like a skirt around the hips. There are numerous hieroglyphs engraved on the background.

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