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THE PALACE ARRIVAL - The city river bank at the Palace quay is depicted at the end of Akhenaten's reign, a foreign emissary from Mittannia is arriving in a sea going ship. He perhaps brings the husband asked for by Nefertiti for one of her daughter's to prevent the Dynasty's collapse after the death of Akhenaten. It depicts the priest greeting the ship, standing on the quay, the details of the shrine on the quay side, the arcaded palace walks and gardens and the river bank moorings are taken from a scene in the Tomb of May (Plate V, Rock Tombs of Amarna V). In the distance are the pylons of the Small Temple with the city houses beyond.

This composite computer and photographic image was commissioned by Chris Sloan, Art Director of the National Geographic the computer Graphics were produced by Adam Howard of 4Site/Redvision and Michael Mallinson of Mallinson Architects, the costumes were designed and produced by Kate Spence. The photography was by Rob Clark of the National Geographic and the shot was directed by Chris Sloan, at the Castle Studios, Dulwich.

 

THE VISIT TO THE TEMPLE - The Columned Portico in front of the Temple Sanctuary is depicted during a visit to the Temple by Akhenaten, Nefertiti and the Queen Mother Tiy taken from a depiction in the Tomb of Huya, (Plate IX Rock Tombs of Amarna III). The offering is in progress on one of the courtyard altars of blue Lotus flowers by a priest, and musicians are singing in front of the reliefs depicting the Royal Family offering to the Aten, while other offerings of round bread and flowers are being carried in by priestesses. A soldier guards the royal entourage. In the distance gold leafed gates in a gateway based on that found in the shrine of the house of Panhesy lead to the sanctuary. The Portico shades a 1-1/2 scale limestone sculptures of Akhenaten. The design of the columns were based on fragments found during excavations. Kate Spence based the design of the clothing on her studies of those depicted in the Amarna tombs and statues of the period, and experiments with cloth lengths based on those found in the tomb of Tutankamen.

This composite computer and photographic image was commissioned by Chris Sloan, Art Director of the National Geographic the computer Graphics were produced by Adam Howard of 4Site/Redvision and Michael Mallinson of Mallinson Architects, the costumes were designed and produced by Kate Spence. Barry Kemp was adviser on Jewellry and general back ground information. The photography was by Rob Clark of the National Geographic and the shot was directed by Chris Sloan at the Castle Studios, Dulwich.

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Copyright: National Geographic, 4site/Redvision, Mallinson Architects, Kate Spence, Egypt Exploration Society Expedition.

 

April 2001 -The National Geographic Magazine