Akhenaten

Akhenaten

Date ca. 1353-1335 BCE

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 18th Dynasty

Medium Sandstone

Dimensions height approx. 13′

Provenance Karnak, Thebes

Housed at Egyptian Museum, Cairo

 

This “Amarma” style that King Akhenaten imposed breaks tremendously with all prior themes of royal portraiture. Depictions of the king show a feminized bodily form with a long, slender face and pronounced facial features; it is unclear as to whether Akhenaten was trying to embody the androgynous quality of the god Aten, or whether these qualities are a natural representation of the king who possibly suffered from Frolich’s Syndrome.