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The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak$
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Lise Manniche

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163494

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163494.001.0001

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(p.117) Chapter 4 Aesthetics
The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak

Manniche Lise

American University in Cairo Press

Even before the first colossus was unearthed in 1925, the public was aware of the unusual artistic achievements of this period. The colossi were not identically conceived. Apart from the obvious differences in headgear there are subtle distinctions in the treatment of the face. Different issues about colossus such as colossal statues that are presented in this chapter lead to the exception of the battered images of the king flanking his boundary stelae at Amarna. Moreover, the point of view is of significance for an understanding of the artistic concepts behind the colossi.

Keywords:   aesthetics, colossus, colossi, statues, stelae, Amarna

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