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Iconclasm of a relief of Horus and Isis at the Temple of Edfu, Apollonopolis Magna

Iconoclasm is the social belief in the importance of the destruction of icons and other images or monuments, most frequently for religious or political reasons.

Iconoclasm occurred in Egypt most notably during and right after the Amarna Period, when Akhenaten instituted a significant shift in Egyptian artistic styles alongside a campaign of intolerance towards the traditional gods and a new emphasis on a state monolatristic tradition focused on the god Aten, the Sun disk. Many temples and monuments were destroyed as a result.

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