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LECTURE: A Relief Block of Akhenaten from a Long-Lost Shrine at Amarna

LECTURE: A Relief Block of Akhenaten from a Long-Lost Shrine at Amarna

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LECTURE: A Relief Block of Akhenaten from a Long-Lost Shrine at Amarna

Thursday, April 28

7:30 – 8:30 pm, Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, 3rd Floor, Emory University

Lecture on a Relief Block of Akhenaten from a Long-Lost Shrine at Amarna

Presented by Dr. Melinda Hartwig

The Carlos Museum recently acquired a rare and important ancient Egyptian relief block.  Depicted in sunk relief, the king offers incense in a falcon-headed burner.  Above the king are six columns of hieroglyphs, two of which refer to an unknown building named the “Strong of the [Living] Aten.”  This structure was recently identified as part of a larger solar shrine complex that included the Sunshade Temple of Re (dedicated to Nefertiti), south of the main city of Tell el-Amarna. In an illustrated talk titled A Relief Block of Akhenaten From a Long-Lost Shrine at Amarna, Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Melinda Hartwig, will explore how the block’s relief image mirrored the king’s role as intermediary between the god Aten and men.  The block also speaks to the building’s principal function as a site where Akhenaten distributed funerary goods to the Amarna dead.  This lecture is free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  This relief block is a gift of the Morgens West Foundation in honor of Peter Lacovara.

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