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ankh

a hieroglyphic sign for life, similar to a cross but with a loop in place of the upper arm and usually worn as jewelry

sunk relief

carvings in which the figures are outlined with heavy cut lines but the bodies are carved like a bas-relief

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Queen Nefertiti in Nubian Wig
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The sunk relief, now incomplete, once showed Queen Nefertiti with her arms upraised, making an offering to the god Aten. The glorious solar orb is no longer preserved, but its presence is evident from the Ankh sign, symbol of life, in front of the queen's nose.

Ankh signs in this position were held in the hands of stylized rays emanating from the Aten. Nefertiti wears a Nubian wig.

This hair style was first worn by Nubian mercenaries and was clearly associated with the military. During the reign of Akhenaten, the sharp distinction between men's and women's clothing became somewhat blurred. It was fashionable for some female members of society to adorn themselves in a manner previously reserved for men.

Nefertiti and her daughters seem to have set the trend by wearing the Nubian wig that was soon adopted by style-conscious ladies of the day.

Dimensions:  Height 21.5 cm

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Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Raised Relief

Style:

New Kingdom

Materials:

Painted Sandstone
Type Type

Type:

Relief
Map Map

Location: 

Luxor

Created: 

Amun Temple
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Created: 

1365 BC - 1347 BC

Acquired: 

1968 AD - 1969 AD
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