Name owner: Akhenaten

Title owner: King

Dimensions (hxwxd): 14.8 x 8.5 x 5.0 cm

Translation hieroglyphs: The king Akhenaten

Preservation: Fragment

R-R: –

Provenance: ex Christa Maria Sandmeijer, Göttingen, 1970, currently collection St. Amasis. 

Comments: Published: Martin, 1974, number 496.

SC premiers the first publication of this fragment (and in colour) of this very important fragment for the King Achnaton.

All shabtis for this King are fragmentary. Was this done deliberately? It appears so as none is intact. However, what was the reason? Some argue that tomb robbers have done this on purpose, others that following Kings hated this pharao so much that they wanted to destroy his shabtis so that he would not have the benefit of them in the afterlife. Finally, some argue that this was done by the priest during the ceremonies to prevent them from being reused by others. 

Additional information


18th dynasty


Red granite

Ancient provenance

El Amarna