Colossal Statue of King Akhenaten

A group of colossal statues of King Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), originally from the Temple of the Aten at Karnak, are on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. These statues may represent the first time that Akhenaten’s new religious thoughts were translated into the ancient Egyptian art and architecture. Here we see the King standing, wearing a kilt that hangs below his swollen stomach. It is tied with a belt, decorated with the royal cartouche.

Akhenaten wears the Pschent, Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, as well as the Khat-headdress. In his hands he holds symbols of power and authority. His features are presented in the typical style of the period, with narrow slanting eyes, a long thin face, and thick lips.

Colossal Statue of King Akhenaten
Colossal Statue of King Akhenaten

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Sandstone, from the Temple of Aten, Karnak. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 49529

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