Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen

Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen

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By (author) Rita E. Freed, By (author) Etc., By (author) Yvonne J. Markowitz, By (author) Sue H. D'Auria

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 255mm x 285mm x 27mm | 1,940g
  • Publication date: 4 October 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500050996
  • ISBN 13: 9780500050996
  • Illustrations note: 452 illustrations, 431 in colour
  • Sales rank: 838,341

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Hundreds of beautiful artworks from the time of Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen illustrate the splendour of Egypt in this examination of Egyptian art and culture at the time of the city of Amarna. During the 14th century BC, Armana was founded by Akhenaten to promote his new religion and for 12 years was the capital of the world's greatest empire. However, after Akhenaten's death, Tutankhamen abandoned the city, demolishing all traces of his predecessor. In this catalogue of the millennium exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the world of Ancient Egypt comes to life through more than 250 illustrations. Essays by leading Egyptologists describe the Amarna Period, a time of unprecedented changes in art and architecture, technology, in women's roles in religion and government - and the dramatic change with polytheism in favour of monotheism. The images include sculpture, architectural elements, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, tools and furniture from collections worldwide.

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During his 17 year reign (1353-1336BC) the Pharaoh Akhenaten revolutionized Egyptian art and religious practice. Essays by leading Egyptologists describe Akhenaten's impact on religion, history, art and literature. Nefertiti, renowned for her beauty, elegance and influence was Akhenaten's principal wife. Images of Akhenaten and Nefertiti show vitality and a new naturalism of style. In some representations they are both portrayed wearing pharaonic headgear and seem to have been objects of reverence. Tutankhamen, whose origins are obscure but was thought to have married one of Akhenaten's daughters, became the next Pharaoh. He abandoned Amarna and restored the old religion, but Akhenaten's legacy, the concept of a single god, remains with us today, and excavations continue. The 300 objects exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts are illustrated as well as artefacts from other prestigious collections. Maps, plans, chronology, a cast of characters and notes on the authors are included in this superb volume. (Kirkus UK)