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...e in bright sunlight. Akhenaten may have decided to utilize this style in more places to farther honor the Aten and its life-giving light.
After the death of Akhenaten and a couple of his following pharaohs, Atenism and the Amarna art style was no longer relevant in the lives of Egyptians. That is why I think this artifact best embodies this period. In Egypt’s 19th dynasty, the carved quartzite stone was reused as a plinth for a sphinx under the rein of Merenptah. Inscriptions on the side of the stone left from that time read “beloved of Ra-Horakhty in Heliopolis”. This stele was also reused a second time as part of a door in medieval Cairo where is was later found by archaeologists. As this stone’s history in the Amarna period has been written over by its re-use it embodies the history of this period and how it was short lived and quickly removed from common life.
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