Exhibition Highlights


The identity of the queen portrayed in this beautiful calcite sculpture has long been debated due to the scratching away of the name that had originally been carved in. Present opinion is strongly in favour of Kiya, a secondary wife of Akhenaten, she was a major figure in the first half of the Amarna period gaining the title "Great Beloved of the King". She appears to have fallen from grace as many of her portrayals were later altered to represent someone else (such as Meretaten). That may be what happened to the name on this piece which was found in the controversial tomb KV 55 in the Valley of the Kings.

Lid of Canopic Jar

Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb KV55, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, 1353 - 1336 B.C. Calcite, Obsidian, Blue Glass and unidentified stones
h. 18.2 cm, diam. 16.3 cm
Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 30.8.54