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Limestone Relief

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Limestone Relief


wall painting/relief




A depiction of the Sed-festival of Akhenaten, fragment. Showing Akhenaten with worshippers. The arms of the Aten rain down on the king.

Production Notes

This scene shows the Sed festival, which was usually celebrated after 30 years of rule. Akhenaten's Sed festival (a renewal of the King's power) took place about 3 years into his reign at around the time he changed his name from Amenhotep to Akhenaten.

Field Collection

Karnak Egypt


depth 5.5 cm
length 23 cm
width 53 cm


Eighteenth Dynasty
New Kingdom


circa 1352 B.C. — 1336 B.C.


bequeathed: Gayer-Anderson 1943 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


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    Source title: Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (1959)
    [comments: ]
  2. Griffith, F. Ll.
    (1918) The jubilee of Akhenaton (1918) [page: ]
    Source title: Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (1918)
    [comments: ]
  3. Griffith, F. Ll.
    (1922) Additional comment on 'The Mummy of Akhenaton' by Arthur Weigall (1922) [page: ]
    Source title: Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (1922)
    [comments: p.199]
  4. Frankfort, H.
    Three Lectures by Henri Frankfort 1897-1954 [page: 157]
    Source title: Journal of Warburg and Courtlands Institute (1958)
    [comments: pl.12c]
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    Akhenaten [page: 128]
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    [comments: ]
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    [comments: ]
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    [comments: ]
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    (1994) L'art Egyptien : Flammarion (1994) : Flammarion [page: 173]
    [comments: with plate]
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    Moss, Rosalind
    Burney, Ethel W.
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    [comments: 2nd edition]
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    Markowitz, Yvonne J.
    D'Auria, Sue H.
    (2000) Farao's van de Zon: Achnaton, Nefertiti, Toetanchamon , Leiden : Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (2000) Leiden: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden [page: 56, 208-9]
    [comments: ]
  12. Weigall, A.
    (1922) The mummy of Akhenaton (1922) [page: 195]
    Source title: Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (1922)
    [comments: ]
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    [comments: pl. 70 [2]]
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    (2001) Akhenaten : Egypt's false prophet , London : Thames & Hudson (2001) London: Thames & Hudson [page: 96-97]



Accession Number

E.GA.2300.1943 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 56692; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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