Manniche Lise

in The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163494
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190065 | DOI:

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Even before the first colossus was unearthed in 1925, the public was aware of the unusual artistic achievements of this period. The colossi were not identically conceived. Apart from the obvious differences in headgear there are subtle distinctions in the treatment of the face. Different issues about colossus such as colossal statues that are presented in this chapter lead to the exception of the battered images of the king flanking his boundary stelae at Amarna. Moreover, the point of view is of significance for an understanding of the artistic concepts behind the colossi.

Keywords: aesthetics; colossus; colossi; statues; stelae; Amarna

Chapter.  5671 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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