The use of ‘manifistation’ resonates with me. For Ra could easily be just another ‘manifistation’ of Aten. Not a separate god as such, not an Amun or a Thoth, but just another ‘manifistation’. ‘Form’ does kind of suggest a ‘being’ to me. An idol could be a form, in the sense I’m struggling to describe, but an idol, in the context I seek here, an image, is not a ‘manifistation’. Not sure about my reasoning here to be honest. As you guys kniw only too well by now, I tend to have circular thinking at times, and I have now returned to the idea of the choice of ‘Smenkhkare’ being a nod to tradition, whilst not throwing out Atenism in the least. Tutankhaten only becomes Tutankhamun when his mentors decide that the writing is on the wall for the Atenistic ‘innovation’. The decision to abandon, to turn the back on Atenism, may have come relatively slowly.