Colossal Statue of AkhenatenA group of colossa…

Colossal Statue of Akhenaten

A group of colossal statues of Akhenaten, originally from the Temple of the Aten at Karnak, are on display in the Egyptian Museum. These statues may represent the first time that Akhenaten’s new religious thoughts were translated into art and architecture. 

Here we see the king standing, wearing a kilt that hangs below his swollen stomach. It is tied with a belt, decorated with the royal cartouche. He wears the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, as well as the Khat-headdress. In his hands he holds symbols of power and authority. His features are presented in the typical style of the period, with narrow slanting eyes, a long thin face, and thick lips. 

New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1353-1336 BC. From the Temple of Aten, Karnak. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Ground Floor, Room 3, 

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