Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, March 12, 2009

Those checking the newsfeeds in the side bar will have seen a report by Dr Hawass that an Italian team have found a talatat block resued in a Christian church.

The block is carved in sunk relief with the image of a queen of the Amarna Period wearing the vulture headdress.
There's a bigger picture and stylistically it dates to the Amarna period but the attribution to Nefertiti seems somewhat shaky to me. It could be Nefertiti, but it could also be Kiya or Meritaten - or some unknown Queen. Hopefully they will find another block with an inscription.


rymerster said...

It doesn't look right to me. I would say it is either from early 18th Dynasty or possibly Ramesside. If I'm wrong (and I probably am), it would most likely depict Tiye as she is more often than not shown with that headgear.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't look very Amarna Period at all - even the paint colour on the skin is incorrect. Where original colour can be determined, red paint is used as the default skin colour on talatat. The yellow hue would probably denote either an early 18th dynasty piece, or more likely a goddess representated in the Ramesside style.

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