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Royal Chariot Procession from great temple in Armarna
 
Royal Chariot Procession
Traditionally, processions of priests carrying divine images in shrines or sacred boats were an important part of religious life in Egypt. Akhenaten, having abolished all such images. substituted royal processions in which he and the queen appeared to the people on stately chariots. These processions started at the royal palace in the North City, proceeded along the Royal Road, and ended at the Great Temple, where the king performed the offerings to the Aten.
 
The royal couple was accompanied by a rich retinue consisting of chariots carrying their daughters, high dignitaries, and ladies-in-waiting. Military bodyguards surrounded the king and heralded his arrival to the rejoicing people and priests waiting at the temple.
 
Chariots
The relief come from representations showing the royal retinue once it had arrived at the temple. The hooves of a horse and the feet of a charioteer are seen in the upper register of the top relief, and a portion of a horse's neck encircled by a leather strap is preserved in the lower register.
 
The register shows horses and chariots at rest, while the lower contains the heads of musicians, singers, and people with feathers. The horses' plumed headgear and the sun disk ornament on the yoke between them identify this as a royal chariot. A how case and a quiver are attached to the far side of the wood-framed carriage.

Found in the sanctuary of the Great temple at Amarna.
 

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