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Images Of Amenhotep IV And Nefertiti In The Style Of The Previous Reign

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When one speaks of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, Amarna style representations often come to mind. These images are 'mannered' and apparently distorted since later renderings of these two historic individuals show them in a less artificial style with 'near-normal' proportions and features. On lesser known blocks from Karnak, Amenhotep IV and Nefertiti both face left with the queen behind her husband as they bow to kiss the ground. In the complete talatat scene under study, the king wears a khepresh crown. It is possible that the work in Ramose's tomb followed this formula, but as far as the talatat that Queen Nefertiti's face does not resemble any of the later inscribed representations of her on talatat does not mean that this talatat image is the earliest known representation of Nefertiti as queen.

Keywords: Akhenaten; Amarna style; Amenhotep IV; Nefertiti; Ramose's tomb



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