Amarna Princess Sculpture

  • This resin reproduction depicts an Egyptian Armana Princess, thought to be one of the daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. 

    - Dimensions: 10 1/4 inches high x 6 1/2 inches deep x 4 3/4 inches wide
    - Item #: EG12

    Portrait of an Amarna princess, 18th dynasty, circa 1340 BC

    Pharaoh Amenhotep IV ruled the New Kingdom from 1353 to 1336 BC. He soon renamed himself Akhenaten and founded a new capital Akhetaten (the current Amarna) where he ceased to be polytheistic and started to solely worship Aten, the solar disk. In art history, Akhenaten is important because he had the first life-like, naturalistic portraits made at the workshop led by the master sculptor Thutmose. Until that time, only static, idealizing portraiture had existed. The famous workshop primarily created composite sculptures. Specialized artisans each made a specific part of the sculpture such as the head, arms, legs, the wig or the headwear. These were carved from various types of stone giving the whole a colorful appearance. For instance, to emulate skin tone, they used red quartzite. Akhenaten's successor, Tutankhamun, restored polytheism and traditional art forms as well as returning the capital of Memphis or Thebes. Many unfinished statues were found during the excavation of Thutmose's workshop in 1912, including three wonderful portraits of Akhenaten's daughters and his wife Nefertiti. In this sculpture, the hollows where the eyebrows should be were to be inlaid with semi-precious stones. The remarkably long skulls could indicate a hereditary physical deformity, but could also have been caused by the binding of the infants' skulls. It could also be an artistic exaggeration of contemporary beauty ideals.