2012/04/08

Some Rings from The Amarna Period

Some Rings from The Amarna Period


 




















































Fragment of a relief showing Akhenaten

Fragment of a relief showing Akhenaten




The fragment depicts Akhenaten sitting on a stool. His face and the blue crown have for the most part been destroyed. Akhenaten is wearing a long pleated dress and a broad ornate collar. He is supporting himself on the stool with his left hand, the right is bent upwards. In that hand he is holding a blue dish (?). Between the raised arm and his face are some rays of the sun disc ending in hands. In front of the king is another person of whom a small part of the clothing is preserved.
The paint is well preserved. The fragment probably comes from a house altar.

Small face of Akhenaten

Small face of Akhenaten





This small face of Akhenaten is made of lapis lazuli. It is smoothed down at the back. The forehead has broken off at an oblique angle. The transition from the face to the crown is preserved only on the right side of the forehead. The tip of the nose is damaged. The beardless face is elongated with a narrow jaw and a rounded pointed chin. The cheeks appear hollow because of the high oblique cheekbones. The narrow oblique eyes are indicated only by the upper lids framed by the rounded eyebrows. No contours or pupils have been marked on them. The slender nose has wide wings and drilled nostrils. The mouth has full protruding lips, and downwards from the corners of the mouth runs a curved slight swelling. These are the characteristic features of the portraiture of Pharaoh Akhenaten, despite the horizontal line of the chin in this portrait, which in Akhenaten's reign would have been represented drooping, and the absence of the typically sharp jaw line. The eyes, albeit narrower, resemble those of the king's parents, Amenhotep III and Tiy. This fragmentary face, which preserves only the front part, has the appearance of a mask. The use of lapis lazuli is noteworthy, because blue was the colour associated with the god Amun.

Statuette of a prince

Statuette of a prince




This standing wooden figure of a prince with slender limbs is shown in an knee-length kilt with a protruding apron front. Curving ribbons hang down from the belt on either side of the apron.It was from Akhenaten's reign. 

 

His head is covered by a wig with a gilded band around it and a broad sidelock hangs down from his head as far as the upper arm. The object the prince held against his chest with one or even both hands can't be ascertained owing to the fragmentary nature of the piece. 

 
The statuette was fitted into the pedestal at a later date, because the four lines of inscription on it mention the title and name of Queen Tiy. Around the pedestal is a decoration of alternating ankh, djed, and was signs.

Amulets and beads from El-Amarna

Amulets and beads from El-Amarna





String of assorted faience beads, including leaf and petal pendants, and miniature grape bunches, from el-`Amarna, the city founded in Middle Egypt as Residence and centre of the sun-cult under Akhenaten. The polychrome glaze is typical of the luxurious products of the city, constructed at a time of increased trade between Egypt and the technologically more advanced centres in Western Asia.