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A Colossal Statue Base Of Nefertiti And Other Early Atenist Monuments From The Precinct Of The Goddess Mut In Karnak

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In an excavation conducted in February 2005, a block of pink granite was found to be a statue base turned upside down to provide a flat surface; three pairs of feet were visible when the base was turned over. The problem posed by the statue base is to establish the identity of the three persons represented in the statue. One possibility is that the main figure is the king himself, the small figure on his left could then be Nefertiti. Colossal statues of both Amenhotep IV, Akhenaten and Nefertiti once adorned the Aten temples and palaces at Karnak and Amarna. The measurements of the base may provide argument for assigning the Mut Precinct statue base to Nefertiti: despite the fact that three figures were depicted on it, the width is only 77.5cm as opposed to the 91cm of the sandstone base in Cairo, which only supported a single statue.

Keywords: goddess Mut; Karnak; Nefertiti; statue base



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