Friday, 20 September 2013

Oy, Gott II


On a Tumblr blog I found this photo of a famous relief of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his chief wife Nefertiti with their daughters. It is notable because instead of showing the Pharaoh and his Queen in the traditional monolithic Egyptian style, in which the king's stillness communicates unassailable power, it depicts the royal couple in an informal moment playing with their kids. But so that nobody should imagine that Akhenaten and Nefertiti wanted to be seen as just folks, Akhenaten has the family bathed in the rays of the Aten, to whose precepts they alone were privy. The bizarre dolichocephaly of the little girls, and the strangely distorted features of the king in other carvings, probably served to underline this separateness from the rest of humanity. It does not seem to be a representation of an actual physical trait, as elsewhere Akhenaten is depicted as quite normal. The blogger is an 18 year old art student and teaching assistant, and her comment on the image made me want to initiate an inquiry into the US school she attended, which seems to have failed her. That, or have her shot. Get this:
lol look at akhnaten and nefertiti with their little alien-lookin kids look at the little tiny one on her shoulder lmao and is he kissing one why is he holding it like that are the alien babies naked???egyptian art is sick

6 comments:

CJB said...

Jesus wept. Have her shot, or at least slapped very hard. Then seek out her teachers and perform similar actions. What astonishes me is the same system can produce utter genius and this idiot. Mind you, the genius I'm thinking of particularly was a Maths student from Canada that I was introduced to yesterday, co-incidentally. So this all means bog- all. Still think your art student should be slapped. Did you comment on her blog?

Vilges Suola said...

No, I didn't comment but might. Will have to think carefully of the wording, though. Snark comes all too easily to me.

Cerdo said...

Some people were born to understand and appreciate culture. Clearly this moron wasn't...

Thanks for sharing this. Are you aware that there has been a new book about Amarna itself out by Barry Kemp, and also there was an exhibition in Berlin called "In the Light of Amarna" last year. Book books are useful companion pieces.

Vilges Suola said...

Hi Kris, thanks for stopping by.
This kid obviously has a lot to learn about other times and other cultures - and she's a teaching assistant, God help us.
I've got Kemp's book on Amarna beside me right now. Very good stuff.

Cerdo said...

A pleasure, Steve, I have been rather out of the blog loop for a while. You should get the catalogue for the exhibition in Germany (there is an English edition rather than ploughing through achingly academic German). The cover is ugly but the objects pictured therein are fascinating; and if you have 'The Royal Women of Amarna' by Dorothea Arnold (pretty woeful scholarship but beautiful illustrations from a fascinating exhibition at the Met) they make good bedfellows.
I must back-read your blog; been busy here but with nothing much to show for it. Regrettably!

Vilges Suola said...

Thanks a lot for the recommendations!

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