Employing artistic means, Akhenaten gave expression to his religious and perceptual views, which had percolated over many years within Egyptian society, and marked his self-consecration to a new divine principle, the Aten. The slanting slitted eye, heavy everted lips, and drooping chin here recognizably signify the pharaoh Akhenaten in a style seen in his early reign, although the ambiguous status of this kind of object makes it difficult to assign too much weight to this object as a formal representation.This piece is a 'sculptor's model' from Amarna. Such models are rectangular slabs of stone on which the representation is theorized to be a master's model for his assistants to follow while decorating a wall with relief or in other cases an apprentice's study piece. At least in some instances, however, such pieces may have been intended or served secondarily as donations. For instance, one such relief found at Amarna shows a kneeling figure on the reverse side of a royal representation. The king's image appears to be unfinished, lacking characteristic furrows and lines and the royal uraeus.