Akhenaten relief carving - King in form of a Sphinx
27cm wide (almost 1 ft) x 15cm (6 inches)
On offer here is a reproduction of one of my classic carvings depicting the unmistakable features of the Sun Pharaoh Akhenaten in one of his more unusual depictions as a Sphinx. Made of a durable limestone / quartzite composition it can be placed outside to be lit by the sun and that is a great way to activate the details. Alternatively you may wish to display indoors with a lamp. I have used a simple desk lamp to bring the carving to life in these photos.
I have added fine painted details and aged colours to emulate a realistic ancient fragment that has had it's paint well preserved. To maintain this coloration, it is best to display indoors.
A wire loop on the back allows for a wall display option.
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Background information -
Mythology - The sphinx was one of the few divine iconographic representations Akhenaton allowed to live through his monotheistic solar revolution. The sphinx itself had solar connections with Ra-Horakhty, a manifestation of the sun on the horizon. The Great sphinx at Giza was thought of as Harmachis - and actually faces the rising of the morning sun. It is not therefore surprising that Akhenaton would use this form in his iconography. Several damaged 3-dimensional sphinxes have also been found at Amarna and depicted Akhenaton in this form.
The Sun King, The Heretic, The first Monotheist in history, The probable / borderline definite Father of Tutankhamun due to recent DNA and CT scanning results.
Scene description - In this scene Akhenaten as Sphinx makes offerings unto Aton/Aten, the sun disc whose benevolent rays terminate in tiny human hands to receive the offering. In return, Aten offers a tiny ankh to the nostril for Akhenaten to receive the breath of life. The hieroglyph for heaven stretches over the whole scene with the various names of Aten, Akhenaten and Nefertiti carved in hieroglyphics directly below within oval cartouches. Three tall, slender offering tables are piled with lotus buds and blooms that Akhenaten pours water upon, streaming in stylized zig - zag lines from a libation jar. The scene originated from what is known as a 'sun shade', a small kiosk like structure that would serve as a type of recharging booth for the Royal family. No doubt facing east.
About the Artist -
Kameron's works are mostly sculptures both in the round or relief carving. His specialty is the reproduction of ancient Egyptian sculpture. His work was exhibited extensively in Brisbane with displays in the state museum, and in conjunction with a spectacular production of the opera Aida. His story and his work was shown on Australian television, and his hand made sculptures sold across Australia, and to overseas destinations such as New York, London, Iceland, India and Switzerland. Many of them are used as decorator items for interior design (Objects D'art) or as whole feature walls. The strength of his commercial work stems from the ancient realism that he gives his pieces. You can view some of his releifs and sculpture here.
Kameron grew up on a farm an hour and a half south of Brisbane, Australia. The mountains of the Great Dividing Range were always in view and particularly close was a mountain known as the sleeping Assyrian - a colossal figure of a man gazing skyward as he lay on his back. He developed a very close affinity with the land studying the many rocks and fossils that he discovered on his expeditions.
But it was when Kameron's father brought home a large book that was filled with many different ancient cultures that he fell in love with Egypt. As a child, Kameron tried to emulate the past by carving images into the stones and forming clay figurines. As a teenager he was Pharaoh, high priest and artisan whenever he visited his grandparents remote property. This was his imaginary empire and at this most special and sacred place he really learnt to carve. Small sandstone cliffs were transformed to become the home of larger than life sized Pharaonic heads, small pyramids were constructed for his royal pets while non royal pets were merely given a small sealed underground chamber. Artworks were created exclusively for burial and accompanied the many mummified fish and birds as well as un-mummified cats and dogs. It was an unconventional subconscious learning experience. He never thought he would take it further than the fields, but now it is a full time occupation which sees his work going all over the world, even making pieces of authentic "museum quality" reproductions for Warner Brothers film sets.
In the art of sculpture Kameron is self-taught. Over the years, he has created a range of realistic ancient sculptures with an attention to detail that makes the work look as though you have just unearthed it from an archaeological site … and that is the difference. Some of the world's leading archaeologists have viewed Kameron's work with interest comparing it favorably with the artists that lived in Egypt's ancient capital of Thebes. He has also had the privilege to restore some antiquities matching form and colours exactly to suit, such as a relief sculpture from the tomb of King Seti the first. It was actually a cast made by notorious adventurer Giovani Belzoni for an exhibition in London in the 19th century to show the world for the first time the distinctive style that is Egyptian art.
When Kameron is not recreating the past it is the future that he delves into where fantasy worlds are born in his imagination and his dreams. They come to life in drawings, paintings, and sculpture with its own mythology and symbolism.
We hope you can enjoy the work and thank you for your interest
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