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The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak


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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? The author presents the history of the discovery of the statue fragments from 1925 to the present day; the profusion of opinions on the appearance of the king and his alleged medical conditions; and the various suggestions for an interpretation of the perplexing evidence. A complete catalog of all major fragments is included, as well as many pictures not previously published.

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Akhenaten, who reigned c. 1353-1335 BC, was the most controversial ruler of ancient Egypt for his worship of one god. Drawing on archeological finds, an independent Egyptologist specializing in the Amarna period (named for the king's capital city), examines interpretations of questions raised by effeminine colossal statues of Akhenaten discovered in his temple to Aten at Karnak since 1925. Manniche supports interpretations based on aesthetic and ideological considerations rather than on medical pathology. The book includes a catalog and illustrations of the major fragments found. Distributed in the U.S. by International Publishers Marketing (IPM). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A look at the iconography of one of ancient Egypt s most enigmatic kings

About the Author

Lise Manniche was educated at the universities of Copenhagen and Cambridge. She is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient Egyptian art, music, sexual life, perfume, Theban tombs, and especially the Amarna period.

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Manniche, Lisa
American University in Cairo Press
History - Ancient/Classical
Techniques - Sculpting
General Art
Art - General
Ancient - Egypt
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100 Illustrations
6.1 x 9.1 x 0.7 in 1.25 lb

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