The “Window of Appearance” of the Egyptian New Kingdom royal palace is usually considered an indigenous architectural element. After a review of this assumption, it is suggested that it had been observed by emissaries of Amenhotep III in the Cretan palace of Knossos before the concept was imported to the Egyptian court. The Cretan context and communicative rationale of the window are similar to its Egyptian version, the Aegean tradition predating its Egyptian avatar by at least 150 years.
Akhenaten; palace; window; Amarna; Knossos/Crete.
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