Art and identity in the Age of Akhenaten
AuthorClifton, Rebecca Erin
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2019 Rebecca Erin Clifton
In this thesis, I investigate expressions of identity in the art of the Amarna Period, focusing on two main areas: firstly, artistic representations of the royal family and the Aten and, secondly, artistic representations of Amarna's elite within their tombs. I argue that rapid social and theological change under Akhenaten had significant implications not only for conceptions of deity and kingship but also for artistic self-expression amongst Akhenaten's officials. I illustrate this by comparison with earlier Eighteenth Dynasty tomb decoration.
KeywordsAmarna; Egypt; Amarna Period; art history; Egyptian art; tomb painting; Tomb; Egyptian religion; Akhenaten; Nefertiti; Amenhotep IV; gender; sex; gender archaeology; Akhetaten; Tell el-Amarna
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