السبت، 8 أكتوبر 2011

The Prosperous Reign of Amenhotep the Third

King Amenhotep the Third ruled Egypt for nearly 40 years in the fourteenth century BC.

Great building achievements marked his prosperous and stable reign and fine arts reached their peak.

Artisans created gigantic statues in the Luxor Temple and in his commemorative and funerary temple at Thebes.

We still admire the Colossi of Memnon and the two huge statues of Amenhotep the Third and his principal Queen Tiye in the Egyptian Museum.

The sculptors succeeded in characterizing the facial features of the king and the queen in statues and reliefs by accentuating the eyelines, the eyebrows, and the rim of the lips.

The same techniques were applied to the figures of the high officials of the reign.

Another wonderful artifact from the same era is the cartonnage mask of Lady Thuya, mother of Queen Tiye.

The craftsmanship exhibited by these masks exceeded the fine techniques of earlier periods .

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