This delicate ivory pedestal is tiny – only 5cm high and 3cm from front to back. Once upon a time it would’ve held a small statue (presumably a bit bigger – I’m imagining the back of the pedestal coming up to the statue’s knees, but that’s pure imagination).

The carving on it really shows off the skill of the artisan who made it – the side panel we see in my photo can’t be more than 2cm tall (if it’s even that big). And yet the three foreigners with their offering tables are clearly delineated.

They are lined up worshipping towards the back panel, and on that was written the name of Akhenaten with the sun disk of the Aten above it. So a nice little piece of royal propaganda: all the peoples of the world bow before the king.

Pedestal for a Small Statue. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, c. 1353-1336 BCE. Acc. No.: 30.8.222

It was probably found at Amarna, and is now in the Met Museum (acc. no.: 30.8.222).

See it on my photo site:

Jigsaw Puzzles:

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