Akenaten and Nefertiti Pharaoh and Queen Worshiping to Aten Egyptian Wall Relief 11H -
Here, Akhenaten together with his wife Nefertiti and one of their daughters are seen worshiping Aten, the Egyptian sun god. This reproduction is based on a relief in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Dynasty XVIII 1370 B.C. This wall hanging looks like it was taken from a wall. Notice the fragment on the upper left side. It is useful for learning about ancient art from Egypt and the fascinating evidence of a Pharaoh embracing a new religion against the better wishes of the priest system. (PN E-018S)
- Akhenaten Offering to Aten the Solar Disc Relief is made from bonded stone, sandstone finish, ready to hang with metal mount on back.
- Measures 11 in H x 7 1/8 in W x 5/8 in D. Weighs 3.3 lbs.
More About the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (Akhenaton):
Akhenaton, originally named Amenhotep IV, ruled Egypt for 17 years (1367-1350 b.c.) together with his beautiful Queen Nefertiti, he was Son of Amenhotep III. Like his father before him, Akhenaton initially recognized the power of the priests of Amun at Thebes but after the fifth year of his reign, he changed the state cult of Amun to that of Aten, the unique God represented as the sun-disk with its rays ending in small hands. This was a huge shift for Egypt from Polytheism to Monotheism, the belief in one god instead of many. This began two decades of religious reforms overthrowing millennia of traditional religious and civil life. Akhenaten was also responsible for a new artistic direction that contrasted with existing conventions. This art form became known as Amarna art which intentionally featured the pharaoh's body and face as elongated and deformed.
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