Join us on a tour in the Akhenaten gallery in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, Cairo.
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Colossal Statue of Akhenaten
This colossal sandstone statue is one of a series that represents King Amenhotep IV, who would later change his name to Akhenaten. These statues once stood in front of the pillars of a temple to the god Aten just east of Karnak, depicting the king holding the crook and the flail, symbols of kingship. They are characteristic of the early reign of Akhenaten, representing him with exaggerated features including narrow shoulders, a prominent belly, full hips, thin arms, and a very distinctive long face with a long nose, narrow, oblique eyes, and full lips.
Statue of Nefertiti
Although unfinished, this quartzite statue of Nefertiti is remarkable. It was discovered in the workshop of Thutmose, a sculptor in Akhetaten (modern Tell al-Amarna), who must have been a master of his craft. The statue bears the powerful queen’s elegant features, and her head is tilted slightly upward with majestic pride, allowing her to gaze upon her beloved sun god, Aten.
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