Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2010

208 Pages | 100 Illustrations

6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9789774163494

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The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak

Lise Manniche

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

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 skilfully devised to mirror his concept of his role in the universe?