This unfinished limestone sculpture of King Akhenaten kissing his daughter is of high artistic quality. It was discovered in a sculptor’s atelier, or workshop, at Tell el-Amarna. It depicts King Akhenaten supporting on his knee one of his daughters, probably Meritaten. The king sits on a stool wearing a short-sleeved tunic and the Blue Khepresh Crown of ceremonies. The girl turns her head affectionately toward her father who is kissing her.
It is an intimate depiction of life at the palace and shows the humanity of the pharaoh who described himself as “the one living in justice.” He intended to be portrayed in a human manner and at a sincerely affectionate moment between father and child.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 44866