Skip to comments.Egyptian Carving Defaced by King Tut's Possible Father Discovered
Posted on 07/27/2014 2:02:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The panel, carved in Nubian Sandstone, was found recently in a tomb at the site of Sedeinga, in modern-day Sudan. It is about 5.8 feet (1.8 meters) tall by 1.3 feet (0.4 m) wide, and was found in two pieces.
Originally, it adorned the walls of a temple at Sedeinga that was dedicated to Queen Tiye (also spelled Tiyi), who died around 1340 B.C. Several centuries after Tiye's death and after her temple had fallen into ruin this panel was reused in a tomb as a bench that held a coffin above the floor.
Scars of a revolution
Archaeologists found that the god depicted in the carving, Amun, had his face and hieroglyphs hacked out from the panel. The order to deface the carving came from Akhenaten (reign 1353-1336 B.C.), a pharaoh who tried to focus Egyptian religion around the worship of the "Aten," the sun disk. In his fervor, Akhenaten had the name and images of Amun, a key Egyptian god, obliterated throughout all Egypt-controlled territory. This included the ancient land of Nubia, a territory that is now partly in Sudan...
The carving was originally created for the temple of Queen Tiye Akhenaten's mother who may have been alive when the defacement occurred. Even so, Francigny stressed that the desecration of the carving wasn't targeted against Akhenaten's own mom.
Today, only one column and a plethora of blocks survive from Queen Tiye's temple, which has not been excavated, Francigny said.
The archaeologists also found that, after Akhenaten's death, the god's face and hieroglyphs on this carving were restored. This restoration may have been done during the reign of the boy king Tutankhamun (reign 1336-1327 B.C.), who is famous for his rich tomb.
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Here, the upper part of the Egyptian carving, showing the hieroglyph of Amun (top left); the hieroglyph and the god's face were hacked out on orders of pharaoh Akhenaten (reign 1353-1336 B.C) and were later restored. Credit: Photo by V. Francigny © Sedeinga Mission
He gave his life for tourism.
He’s my favorite honky.
Here’s an oddity — this appears to be vid shot off a previous YouTube of the SNL original. I remember that, I was in college, they came back from the ad break, and just went into it. What’s this? Instant classic.
I remember it. Sheer genius to take inspiration from the well-publicized and popular King Tut exhibit. Big deal in LA.
In HS that King Tut “dance” was all the rage. Well it sure beat disco. :)
I saw his live show during that same period, and he did it live (as seen in your link above). He did two shows that night, and during his second show (which I didn’t see) John Denver played the role of roadie.
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