Statuette of a Princess

About This Item

Family and lineage were important in ancient Egypt. Royal families had elaborate burial treatments. During the Amarna Period, Pharaoh Akhenaten married Nefertiti, becoming one of the most famous ruling couples in Egypt. They had six children, including Tutankhamun, commonly known as “King Tut.” This Princess statuette represents one of their daughters.

Date
c. 1570-1320 BCE
Geography
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Reign of Akhenaten, Egypt
Medium
pink limestone
Context
In ancient Egypt, many aspects of daily life centered on preparing for death. Elaborate tombs and mummification rituals were a key aspect of one’s journey to the afterlife. The Global Museum’s collection contains many significant funerary objects, dating back 3,000 to 4,000 years. In life, however, cultural traditions were surprisingly similar to ones we still practice today. Ancient Egyptians adapted their lives to survive along the fertile Nile River in an otherwise arid desert. In today’s geopolitical boundaries, the country of Egypt is in northeastern Africa. Historically and culturally, however, Egypt is considered Middle Eastern.
Height
14.57 in
Width
3.15 in
Depth
5.91 in
Copyright
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