Showing pharaoh Amenhotep I and his mother Iahmes-Nefertary in front of the god Amun. The king receives a so-called Hebsed from the god, suspended from a palm branch, a symbol for numerous years and jubilees on the throne.
Amenhotep I was the second pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, reigning for approximately 21 years (circa 1525 - 1504 B.C.).
This is a rare depiction of the king and queen showing them during their lifetime. After their death, both royals were deified and became patrons of Deir el-Medina, the village were the artisans lived who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The vast majority of depictions of the king stems from his posthumous funerary cult, showing him being worshiped as a deity himself.
Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, circa 1525-1504 B.C.
Provenance: French private collection M.C., acquired in the late 1960s or early 1970s.