Egyptian limestone Relief of a royal couple in the Amarna style; figures usually attributed to Smenkhkare and Meritaten, but have variously been attributed to Akhenaten and Nefertiti or Tutankhamen and Ankhesenamun
Ancient, Egyptian
Egyptian Relief, royal couple, Amarna style
Egyptian limestone Relief of a royal couple in the Amarna style; figures usually attributed to Smenkhkare and Meritaten, but have variously been attributed to Akhenaten and Nefertiti or Tutankhamen and Ankhesenamun; relief dates to after the former king's death.; New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, c. 1335 BCE. Height: 24 cm. Egyptian Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany.



“... innovations include the portrayal of the royal family in less formal, intimate contexts, even on private offering stelae, where Akhenaton and Nefertiti dandle their daughters on their laps, exchanging kisses and embracing them affectionately in a manner otherwise unknown in Egyptian art. The human body was depicted in more realistic detail, with the toes on the right and left feet carefully distinguished for the first time, earplug holes shown in the earlobes, and neck wrinkles visible ..."

Read more: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/18549/Amarna-style



Of Interest: http://ancient_egypt.enacademic.com/770/Meritaten



Amarna Period: http://www.egyptian-museum-berlin.com/c52.php