The Pharoah Akhenaten - very handsome, like Joseph.
Any comment on his, to put it gently, unusual appearance?These folks
"The syndrome is dominantly inherited, which means that an abnormal gene from one parent is all that is required for the syndrome to be inherited."
Likenesses produced at the beginning of his reign show him with a relatively normal face and physique. Sorta debunks the theory he suffered a genetic disorder.
Is there an update?
I have a theory
On the stomach (and on the armbands) you see two cartouches which represent royal names. They may also represent titles or roles.
Akhenaten's rule was noted for it's loss of the lunar calendar but what if this was merely the fact that he swallowed and became both lunar and solar calendar?
The lunar calender was associated with the female so he became hermaphroditic with the primary worship of the solar calender becoming dominant.
He/she shows engorgement in his/her facial features as a proportionate response to this role and his hidden belief (or secondary belief struture) as lunar calender role of keeping track of the flooding of the nile, religious practices and admin.
The distended stomach with the prominent navel could also represent the omphalos- (Greek navel). A worldwide belief in the power of the omphalos-sacred stone that may have some connection to the calender.
When his reign came to end the records (the cartouches) of Akhenaten's name were destroyed enmasse.
Are the cartouches representive of the fact that the lunar calender did not dissappear but was combined and then suppressed to became a secondary feature of Akhenaten's rule but did not dissappear as evidenced by it's reinstatement after his death?
Also why destroy the calender that allows for the practice of religious events & administration(the knowledge of his kingdom), something that would have been required to reinforce his position. In order to consolidate power wouldn't Akhenaten require control of it instead? http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A64718797
After Akhenaten's death his heir Tutankhamun (or more likely the boy pharaoh's advisor, Nefertiti's father Ay) restored the old religious order and reinstated the stellar and lunar calendars. Akhenaten was denounced as a heretic and all records mentioning his name were destroyed. The companion piece to the now-famous Queen Nefertiti's bust had its face caved in. Only a few statues of Akhenaten, such as the one in Cairo's Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, remain intact.
So the question still remains as to whether his features are a representation of a genetic disorder but I wanted to offer another explanation of the relatively unusual and abstract features in the stonework depicting Akhenaten and his unusual role.