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Talatat: Nefertiti Offers to the Aten

Talatat: Nefertiti Offers to the Aten

1353-1347 BC

Painted sandstone

Overall: 20.5 x 41.2 cm (8 1/16 x 16 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1959.186

Description

The son of Amenhotep III, Akenaten, brought about the short-lived "monotheistic" revolution in Egyptian religion near the end of Dynasty 18. The young king constructed a temple complex to the Aten, the Sun Disk, at Karnak—where these relief originated—before he moved his capital to El Amarna. For reasons unknown, the figure of the Queen Nefertiti appears in these reliefs far more often than that of the king. Ironically, the Aten temples were dismantled to be used as foundations and fill for adaptations to the Great Temple of Amun, whom the Aten had briefly displaced.

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