In this sculptor’s model, the princess is biting into a duckling held in her right hand, while reaching with her left hand for fresh fruits and vegetables placed on a table in front of her. The artist had begun to carve the lower part of the body and the cushion on which the princess is sitting.
This model is an extraordinary artist’s study that shows the technical skill and creativity of the Egyptian artist during the Amarna period. This example represents a break from long-established tradition through the depiction of the moments before, during, or after a meal.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 48035