Thursday, July 2, 2015

Aten, Egyptian sun god

This representation of the Egyptian sun god shows the rays with stylized hands. The solar disk has a symbolic feather and the Egyptian symbol of the ankh appears at the bottom.

Aten or Aton represented both the spirit or god of the sun and the actual solar disk. The god Ra (or Re) was thought to dwell in the disk of the sun. For a time, under the Pharaoh Akhenaton, the sun god reigned supreme. This king built a city named for himself, now el-Amarna.

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  1. Hi, do you know if this image of Aten is free to use or as any license?

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