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The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak

Lise Manniche


Some of the most fascinating sculptures to have survived from ancient Egypt are the colossal statues of Akhenaten, erected at the beginning of his reign in his new temple to the Aten at Karnak. Fragments of more than thirty statues are now known, showing the paradoxical features combining male and female, young and aged, characteristic of representations of this king. Did he look like this in real life? Or was his iconography skillfully devised to mirror his concept of his role in the universe? This book presents the history of the discovery of the statue fragments from 1925 to the present day ... More

Keywords: Akhenaten, Aten, Karnak, sculptures, male, female, king, iconography, statues, ancient Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789774163494
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lise Manniche, author