Goblet Inscribed with the Names of King Amenhotep IV and Queen Nefertiti
- New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Akhenaten
- ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
- From Egypt
- Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
- H. 14 (5 1/2 in.); Diam. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)
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- Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1922
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This graceful, translucent drinking cup in the form of a white lotus blossom is treasured both for its beauty and its historical interest. The nomen (personal name) and prenomen (throne name) of Amenhotep IV are inscribed in the small panel on the side, between two cartouches surrounding the early titulary of the Aten (left) and a cartouche naming the principal queen, Nefertiti (right). Thus, the vessel must have been made before Year 5 of the king's reign, when he changed his name to Akhenaten.