A Beautiful & Genuine Ancient Egyptian Bust of *AKHENATEN* father of King Tut !

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Seller: *ethalfleada* (29) 100%, Location: Sturminster Newton, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 333433154940 An ancient Egyptian pottery bust of Akhenaten. The bust is glazed under the adhered sand in a beautiful blue glaze. The bust is mounted on a perspex museum block and is numbered number, 16 and is from a private collection. This wonderful Pharaoh was the father of King Tut and was married to Nefertiti. The bust measures 5cms high and 6cms wide. The perspex block measures approximately 3cms x 3cms.The date, New Kingdom. Amenhotep IV ordered his builders to halt their work on a temple dedicated to Re-Harakhte, mid-construction. He then commissioned them to erect a new temple dedicated to the sun disc Aten. Having only one form and not resembling either man or beast, the Aten was unlike any of the traditional gods of Ancient Egypt, making it difficult for the public to comprehend and embrace. Indeed, the peculiar son of Amenhotep III had matured into an equally peculiar pharaoh. And perhaps it was because he had been so neglected in his youth and kept away from festivals celebrating the traditional deities that he developed less of an attachment to the idols that were held so dearly in the hearts of the populace. Unpopularly, Amenhotep had chosen a god of his own to worship, the Aten, and declared that it was the only god. Adding more fuel to the flames, he declared that neither his citizens nor anyone but he and Nefertiti were able to communicate with the Aten directly — making them history’s first monotheists. As Amenhotep IV revelled in his eminence, spiritually raised above the life he’d once been considered unworthy to live, the unrest among worshipers festered. To further align himself with the sun disc, Amenhotep IV abandoned his given name in favor of Akhenaten, which translates to “Servant of the Aten,” marking the birth of a new religion. And with that, Akhenaton gathered his court and set off into the desert until his entourage was ordered to stop in a remote location, more than two hundred miles from Thebes. In this spot, he directed his crew to begin work, and his new capital soon rose from the dust. The pharaoh named it Akhetaten, or “Horizon of Aten,” after the line of cliffs overlooking the site formed the hieroglyph for “horizon.” It was a city where no other gods had yet been worshipped, and now it was home to Akhenaton’s one and only god. It wasn’t long before Akhenaten taxed the temples of the old gods, forcing them to close and rendering dedicated priests listless and his disengaged populace unhappy. To explain his transition to a monotheistic cult, the pharaoh addressed his people in a sort-of state of the union speech discovered millennia later by archaeologists, “I know all about the gods,” he said. “But they have ceased, whether made of gold, silver, or precious stone. But my god is the uncreated creator; no man has crafted him.” While Akhenaton never forbade his subjects from worshipping their pantheon, he had the names of all deities other than Aten removed from view. New temples continued to be built, but they now featured only the sun disc as the bringer of all life. Material: Pottery, Type: Bust, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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