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Nefertiti Offering to the Aten


Elsie McLaughlin
published on 26 July 2017
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This Amarna Period limestone relief (ca. 1353-1336 BCE) depicts Queen Nefertiti offering a bouquet to the Aten. It is a prime example of the typical Amarna style, as it depicts the queen with an elongated face, slanted eyes, protruding lips, and spindly limbs. Both Nefertiti and her husband Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) were often portrayed with these stylized characteristics in official court and religious artwork. Currently on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK.

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About the Author

Elsie McLaughlin
Elsie McLaughlin is an aspiring Egyptologist, whose areas of interest include the Amarna Period, gender, female kingship, and the history of the early New Kingdom, as well as the relationship between royal women & warfare in the New Kingdom.

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McLaughlin, E. (2017, July 26). Nefertiti Offering to the Aten. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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McLaughlin, Elsie. "Nefertiti Offering to the Aten." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 26, 2017.

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McLaughlin, Elsie. "Nefertiti Offering to the Aten." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 26 Jul 2017. Web. 09 Apr 2021.

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