Musicians in Kemet (akaThe original Josie & the Pussycats)
Wig cover from Tomb of
Three Minor Wives of Thutmose III
Painted limestone (11,5 x 17 x 4 cm) female figure in an acrobatic position, arched over the back. Long curly and naturally drooping hair, round earrings, short triangular skirt with multi-colored stripes. Drawing contour in red (black in some places, such as eye, part of the ear, skirt and hair).
This is the back of Tutankhamen’s throne.
It is seldom photographed from this angle, since most people seem to prefer the front view with the king and his wife under the Aton.
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Q:Why is Djedefre your favorite Pharaoh?
As pharaoh, Djedefre produced the first surviving example of a royal sphinx, which was discovered at Abu Roash. It was found in the boat pit at Djedefre’s Pyramid and is described on a museum label as depicting Djedefre’s wife. It’s painted limestone and 74 cms long. According to Paul Jordan in ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’ it’s female attribution is mainly based on the yellow paint that is clearly visible. Along with the heads of Djedefre in the Louvre this is sometimes referred to as the ‘First Sphinx’ though the Museum label does not repeat this claim.
Djedefre is also credited as creating the Sphinx at Giza. Ordering that a colossal statue be sculpted out of the rough limestone block that was left behind by the quarrying of the Giza plateau. The sphinx was given the body of a seated lion and a head that was a reproduction of Djedefre.The sphinx, which is seated at the foot of the necropolis alongside the other Giza pyramids served as one of Djedefre’s most powerful shesep ankh (“living image” in Kemetic) of his power and importance in Kemetic history.