left arrow: backNefertiti: the Queen...and her family

In the Amarna style, the rays of the sun god Aton shower down in pyramid shape upon the royal family, a protective hand at the end of each ray. 3 The Pharaoh Akhenaton sits with "Nefertiti, living and young for ever and ever"4 and three of their daughters. His mother, Queen Tiye, sits on the right wearing the plumes and horns of Hathor.

Bouquets of lotus flowers drape on offering tables heaped with food, providing beauty and an intoxicationg aroma. The lotus symbolized eternal renewal.

footnote #3--the royal family with a banquet of food

Nefertiti, Akhenaton, and three of their daughters, exhibiting the Amarna style of family values, throw golden collars, rings, vessels and other ornaments to the priest Aye and his wife. From the tomb of Ay.5 The princess Ankhesenpaaten, who later became the wife of Tutankhamen, stands between the Pharaoh and Queen.6

The full scene 7 of the award ceremony depicts servents bowing to the royal family, others drum and dance in celebration, while handlers turn their backs on the couple's horses and chariots in waiting to pay homage to their pharaoh.

footnote #5--links to a larger view of the scene honoring Aye with golden collars
  1. The most famous portrait of Nefertiti is displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin.
  2. Composite of drawings from G. Maspéro, Life in Ancient Egypt and Assyria, D. Appleton and Company, New York 1902; original drawings by M. Faucher-Gudin. These drawings smooth out the true Amarna style of exaggerated back, belly, and facial features of the two-horse chariot teams. They don't illustrate the second horse in each team which mimics the front horse in stride and positon.
    [National Geographic April 2001 Vol. 199 No. 4 p. 40 provides a glimpse of the Royal Road chariot scene in a photo of the chapel of Merya in its current state of decay.]
  3. Clip from Egyptian Designs, edited by Carol Belanger Grafton, Dover Publications 1993. Also found in Sir Wallis Budge, Tutankhamen: Atenism and Egyptian Monotheism see below.
  4. Sir Wallis Budge, Tutankhamen: Atenism and Egyptian Monotheism, Random House Value Publishing (1988), ending from the Hymn to Aten by Ay. The family scene is drawn from the tomb of Huya.
  5. G. Maspéro, Life in Ancient Egypt and Assyria; M. Faucher-Gudin drawing.
  6. Sir Wallis Budge, Tutankhamen: Atenism and Egyptian Monotheism.
  7. James Henry Breasted, Ph.D. 1910 A History of Egypt.

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