Amarna Art

Fragment and sculptors study of faces of mouth and nose, NK, 1351-1334, Amarna, Sandstone and Gips (AM 21207 and AM 21234)

Beautiful examples of the realism and detail characteristic of later Amarna art.


Here you can see Akhenaten’s elongated face and chin. Also notice the large ears.


An example of early Amarna art from before the move to Akhetaten. Notice how this piece has of a caricature feel that two previous pieces. This radical style softened over time.


Notice the body here on Akhenaten, the lead figure. He is show with wide hips and what appear to be breasts. Also note the spindly legs and arms. Notice how his physical features are almost the exact same as Nefertiti, who is standing behind him.


In this colossal statue you can really see the prominent chin and elongated face. These images were very shocking to the Egyptologists who first found them. They are simultaneously familiar and alien.


A piece from earlier in the Amarna period. The features are sharper here than in many of the examples above. Also note the ear plugs, one of the new additions to the Amarna art style that adds a realism and daily life feel to the style, while the strange image also indicates something different and alien.


I just had to include the stern visage of Queen Tiye. This is a wonderful piece from later in the period that really communicates personality. Note how dark her skin is. Traditional depictions of women depicted them with yellow skin. This is another innovation of the period.

Akhenaten from the Met

Another early example of Amarna art form Karnak. The radical break with previous styles seems to indicate, at least to me, that Akhenaten had a new and distinct artistic vision.


The beautiful bust of Nefertiti. Not just a high point of the Amarna style, but one of the most beautiful piece from all of the ancient Near East.

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An unfinished statue of Akhenaten. The three dimensional statue really highlights the feminine nature of his body.

Portrait heads of Nefertiti and Akhenaten, NK, Amarna, Gipsstuck, (AM 21349 and AM 21348) 2

Two portrait busts found at Amarna. These have much more realism than traditional Egyptian art.

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