Foreigners in a Procession

Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period

Dynasty: Dynasty 18

Reign: reign of Akhenaten

Date: ca. 1353–1336 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt; Probably from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu); Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten)

Medium: Limestone, paint

Dimensions: 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in); w. 53.5 cm (21 1/16 in)

Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.328.13

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
The triumphal procession of the king and the royal family to the temple was a popular scene in the reliefs at Amarna. The family is sometimes accompanied by attendants carrying fans and sun shades, like the four men whose heads are preserved on this block. This group of faces is notable because it includes at least one foreigner. Although the first two men have been described as Asians, they are clean shaven and have no distinguishing characteristics identifying them as a specific ethnic group. Even their hairstyle is similar to one worn by Egyptians of this period. The hairstyle of the third man, however, is typically Nubian. Nubians are known to have served as mercenaries in the Egyptian army since the Middle Kingdom. The four men are standing beside the king's chariot and carry fans. The reins of the chariot are visible along the bottom of the block.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.

Settgast, Jürgen 1978. Von Troja bis Amarna: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, New York. New York: P. von Zabern, no. 299.

Mertens, Joan, Catharine H. Roehrig, Marsha Hill, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Oscar White Muscarella 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 49, no. 4 (Spring), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 28–29.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, p. 51.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York and New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, p. 51.