Friday, October 31, 2008

A Wonderful Collection of Amarna Talatats

Though this article is on a show of art in general from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art I put it here because it talks about the Norbert Schimmel collection of Amarna period talatats.

Schimmel acquired dozens of these sculpted blocks and donated to the Met a couple of dozens. Unfortunately, the underground storage area in Egypt where the talatats were stored had been broken into many years ago with hundreds of such panels stolen.

Dr. Hawass has not yet to my knowledge asked for them back but will he?

The above picture of talatats are from the Gem paaten at Karnak and not the talatats in concern.

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