Akhenaton and Nefertiti

To the visitor to the Louvre who wishes to see Nefertiti, the Department of Antiquities can air max bw pas cher offer only this group, which shows Akhenaton and his wife, side by side, holding hands, and looking straight ahead. This small sculpture bears witness to the specific religious practices of Akhenaton’s time: it would have been made for a private altar, before which a family offered its devotions to the royal couple.

An Official Portrait

The king and queen air max enfant are shown hand in hand, as if walking forward together. They stand quite far apart, entirely nike air max 90 unbending as they stare straight ahead, without the ghost of a smile. They are clothed in very fine, close pleated linen, and wear broad collars on their shoulders. As in most of their official portraits, the king wears the Blue Crown (kheperesh) and the queen a tall flat topped headdress. Hand holding couples, royal or otherwise, are not very common in Egyptian art, but are found from the Old Kingdom onward. Typologically, then, there is nothing unusual in this group. It conforms exactly to the conventions of the Amarna style: the canon of proportions is short, the male and female bodies are similar, the neck stretched forward, the head raised, and ribbons blow in the wind. The typical anatomical distortions of the Amarna style are all present: the narrow, round shoulders; the short upper torso; swollen belly, hips and thighs; and slender arms and legs.

Behind the figures is a wide back plate. On the reverse, two columns of hieroglyphs each bear three cartouches: nike air max 90 pas cher the two cartouches of the sun god, followed by the king’s in the air max nike left hand column and the queen’s in the right hand column. In Egypt, the king had always acted as intermediary between gods and men. In Akhenaton’s time, this role fell to the royal couple, both france air max man and woman, and more importantly so than ever. The « discarnate » Sun was represented only by its visible manifestation the Aten disk and the sovereigns were its only earthly embodiment. In religious scenes, they are therefore the only ones to receive the Sun’s rays. The inscription on this statuette also establishes a close relationship between the Sun and the king and queen. Many of the houses had a shrine, before which families would pay homage to the royal couple the sole living, earthly manifestation of the inaccessible solar disk. Easily portable, this statuette would probably have been used in such domestic worship. It is the godly titles that allow the object to be more precisely dated, as they do not appear in this form before the ninth, or even perhaps the fourteenth year of the reign of Amenophis IV Akhenaton. The statue was thus produced between 1345 BC and nike air max 90 pas cher the death of the king in 1337 BC.