Amarna Period Portraiture

In Ancient Egypt, humans were drawn and sculpted the same way for thousands of years. During the Amarna Period, this briefly changed. Certain features, such as the neck, arms, and hands, were elongated. Depictions of people became almost caricatures, as the conventional Egyptian style was briefly abandoned in favor of this unusual new art style. 

The Wilbour Plaque clearly exemplifies the Amarna Period's style, as the skulls of both figures are elongated. Though meant to be used as a guide for sculptors, the Amarna style is evident.
Queen Nerfertiti, shown in profile, is shown with a spindly, elongated neck. Her hands are unnaturally long and slender, with especially long fingers.
The children of Nefertiti and Akhenaten were given oddly-shaped heads when depicted in art. In addition, art of the Amarna period was unusual in that it depicted familial scenes such as this.
In exemplary Amarna period fashion, Akhenaten is shown with a curved body, defining his breasts. His daughter's head is elongated. In this scene, they are worshipping Aten.
Akhenaten is shown worshipping Aten, the sun god that the Pharoah had deemed as the only god. Aten's rays shine on Akehnaten in straight lines, as his spindly arms and long fingers receive them.
The Amarna period's style of portraiture accentuated certain features, resulting in a caricature. This man's front eye is large enough to cover his forehead, while the lips were also enlarged..
The bodies of these two men are curved, instead of ramrod-straight, as was normal for the Egyptian style. In addition, their hands have unusually long fingers.
Nerfertiti's bust, shown in profile, is one of the more naturalistic pieces of art from the Amarna period. There are still abstract elements, as her eyelids are well defined and her neck is elongated.
The king's body has definition, he has curves and defined breasts with wide hips. This differs greatly from the traditional Egyptian style which idealized the physical form and made figures sticklike.
Akhenaten is shown with an elongated neck, defined cheekbones, and sculpted lips. High cheekbones were a mark of beauty in the Amarna period, and the elongation of the neck was very common.
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