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« Reply #60 on: March 08, 2008, 03:22:45 pm »

                                                        Amarna art

Styles of art that flourished during this short period are markedly different from other Egyptian
art, bearing a variety of affectations, from elongated heads to protruding stomachs, exaggera-
ted ugliness and the beauty of Nefertiti.

Significantly, and for the only time in the history of Egyptian royal art, Akhenaten's family was
depicted in a decidedly naturalistic manner, and they are clearly shown displaying affection
for each other.

Greek influence may have resulted in some of the Amarna artistic characteristics.

Artistic representations of Akhenaten usually give him a strikingly feminine appearance, with
slender limbs, a protruding belly and wide hips. Other leading figures of the Amarna period,
both royal and otherwise, are also shown with some of these features, suggesting a possible
religious connotation, especially as some sources suggest that private representations of Akh-
enaten, as opposed to official art, show him as quite normal.

However, according to some con-troversial theories, the strikingly unusual representations may
have been due to non-reli-gious factors - Akhenaten may actually been a woman masquerading
as a man, which had been known to happen in Egyptian politics once or twice, or he may have
been a herma-phrodite or had some other intersex condition.

It is also suggested by Bob Brier, in his book "The Murder of Tutankhamen", that the family suffer-
ed from Marfan's syndrome, which is known to cause elongated features, and that this may ex-
plain Akhenaten's appearance.
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