This limestone stela shows King Akhenaten and his family as a “Holy Family.” It is considered to be an icon and was intended to be kept in a private chapel of an Amarna house. The stele, topped by the cavetto cornice, is decorated with a scene of an intimate moment from the daily life of the royal family under the protection of Aten. A cavetto cornice is a concave molding with a cross section that approximates a quarter circle.
Facing each other, the royal couple is seated on stools covered with cushions. Between them stands their eldest daughter Meritaten, while the younger daughters are seen on their mother’s lap. Akhenaten is portrayed with his characteristic features. He is depicted wearing the Blue Khepresh Crown and a pleated kilt. Queen Nefertiti is shown wearing her characteristic high crown and a traditional long robe that is held in place with a belt.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Painted limestone. From Tell el-Amarna. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 44865