Category: amarna

One of the daughters of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, from Akhetaten (Amarna).

Unknown Princess, Queen Nefertiti, and Pharaoh Akhenaten- from Amarna (Akhetaten).

Broad Collar from Akhetaten (Amarna). Made of Faience.


Olive branch held by King Akhenaten

Fragment of a relief depicts olive branch held by King Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) offering to the god Aten, whose sun rays are depicted with hands to pick the proffered fruit.
The Egyptians of the New Kingdom ate fresh and cured olives, but did not use its oil.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, ca. 1353-1336 BC. From Tell el-Amarna. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



Statue of Akhenaten Kissing His Daughter

This unfinished limestone statue is of high artistic quality. It was discovered in a sculptor’s atelier, or workshop, at Tell el-Amarna. It depicts Akhenaten supporting on his knee one of his daughters, probably Meritaten.

The king sits on a stool wearing a short-sleeved tunic and the Blue Crown of ceremonies. The girl turns her head affectionately toward her father who is kissing her.

It is an intimate depiction of life at the palace and shows the humanity of the pharaoh who described himself as “the one living in justice.” He intended to be portrayed in a human manner and at a sincerely affectionate moment between father and child.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 44866


Relief of Akhenaten and his Family

A house altar depicts Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), Nefertiti, holding three of their daughters on their laps; monotheistic god, “Aten”, represented by the sun disc in the center. The iconography of Aten and the depiction of the royal family of Akhenaten was propagated to encourage people to embrace the new monotheistic religion.

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Berlin State Museums.


Relief of

Female Musicians

Fragment of a relief depicts female musicians, originally from Tell el-Amarna, reused at el-Ashmunein (Hermopolis).

The varied hand positions give an illusion of movement to this troup of female musicians. The second woman from the right is not playing a stringed instrument and it is possible that she is a singer. However, she appears to hold a long slim object in her right hand.

During the Amarna Period the need for speedy erection of new temples for Aten led to the use of smaller, now called Talatat, blocks of stone, which were easier to transport and carve. New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Private Collection.


Accidentally Abstract – Part 3.

A pair of clasped hands is all that remains of a statue belonging to Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Akhenaten and his Queen, Nefertiti. A love as strong as this was represented in a number of artworks from the Armana Period (1350 BC). It’s no secret that Nefertiti was a constant muse for Akhenaten in his political and religious beliefs. She is often pictured with him at his side in many pieces of art.

After Akhenaten died, his existence was struck from the pages of history, his cartouches were deleted, his radical new art style was destroyed and his rule was not recorded in the official king lists.

However, no amount of destruction could erase these hands which have remained bound together for over 3 millennia. They evaded the chaos of time.

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Face of a Queen

Fragment of the Face of a Queen, from Tell el-Amarna (Akhetaten). Yellow jasper, 13 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm. Amarna Period, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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, 

JE 49529