Akhenaten Temple Project

Bowing courtiers appear frequently on Akhenaten’s palace walls, either before or behind depictions of the pharaoh in procession. Holding crooks, they wear the usual white linen uniforms.

To the right of the courtiers is a portion of one of the inscribed and decorated window jambs that framed a “Window of Appearance.” (See artist’s reconstruction of a similar window.)

The actual “Window of Appearance” opened onto a balcony in the facade of the royal palace. Here Akhenaten and Nefertity would stand, usually to honor a courtier. The nobleman presented himself in the court beneath the window as the royal couple showered him with necklaces of gold.