Akhenaten & Nefertiti

Illustration

Elsie McLaughlin
by
published on 27 July 2017

This small, painted votive statue depicts the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his Great Wife Nefertiti holding hands (a notedly unusual pose in New Kingdom artwork). The king wears the blue "kheperesh" crown, and the queen sports the flat-topped blue crown that has become associated with her image. In keeping with the typical Amarna Period artistic conventions, both Akhenaten and Nefertiti are depicted with slightly distorted features and proportions, and both male and female figures display a similar body type. (c. 1345 BCE, after Regnal Year 9, on display in the Louvre Museum, Paris).



About the Author

Elsie McLaughlin
Elsie McLaughlin is an aspiring Egyptologist, and the founder of "The Egypt Geek." Her areas of interest include Egyptian Art, the New Kingdom, and the history of Egypt's female pharaohs. She will be attending the University of Oxford.

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