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The Worship of Aten - New Ways

Akhenaten's worship of Aten as the sole god of creation was revolutionary. The stela of Wesi shows the worship of the god of the afterlife, Osiris, one of the many gods to whom Egyptians had prayed for centuries. The relief from the Great Palace at Amarna depicts Akhenaten's worship of Aten, the light within the sun's disk. See how some elements remained the same, some changed dramatically.

Stela of Wesi Click to compare:

of the god

The worshipers

Offerings and

Offering table

Family members

Purpose of the relief


Decorated balustrade fragment

Stela of Wesi

Reign of Amenhotep III, 1390–1353 B.C.
Staatliche Sammlung Aegyptischer Kunst, Munich

Decorated balustrade fragment

Amarna, Great Palace
Reign of Akhenaten, 1353–1336 B.C.
Crystalline limestone
Egyptian Museum, Cairo

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