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Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak (Lise Manniche) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9789774163494
Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak (Lise Manniche) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9789774163494
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Title: The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak

Author: Manniche, Lise

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789774163494

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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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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