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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But there is a contrast to the famous bust and other portraits of Nefertiti in the shape of the face. Granted the difference in proportions is subtle and may just indicate a different artist.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meretseger wrote:
But there is a contrast to the famous bust and other portraits of Nefertiti in the shape of the face. Granted the difference in proportions is subtle and may just indicate a different artist.


Thutmose supervised a school of sculptors: of course there would be subtle differences. But the sharper chin of Meritaten shows up in other examples of the Thutmose school's sculpture, which is why I mentioned that the second image is probably an idealised image of Nefertiti rather than her daughter.

The first image (full formed figure) is generally regarded as a very late example of Nefertiti as an older queen after giving birth to all six children. There's definitely age to this figure as opposed to the second image, with a more drawn face, sagging breasts, and more flaccid belly.

The best analyses of these sculptures can be found in

Aldred, C. 1973. Akhenaten and Nefertiti. New York: Brooklyn Museum/Viking Press.

Arnold, D. 1996. The Royal Women of Amarna: Images of Beauty from Ancient Egypt. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Both Aldred and Arnold discuss the phases of Amarna art, of which there are at least 3, some argue 4, phases. Another article which discusses the various changes in the rendering of the human body during the Amarna period is

Eaton-Krauss, M. 1981. Miscellanea Amarnensia. Chronique d'Egypte 56/112: 245-264.

I would suggest reading these works to better understand how and why these images are identified as they are, and how the differences you see are explained.

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