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.
Kha and Merit
Kha was an architect at Deir El-Medina, Egypt, supervisor of some projects completed during the reigns of three kings of the 18th Dynasty. He was buried with his wife Merit.
I think this is my favorite drawing so far. I really like how everything turned, from wigs, jewellery, their poses, clothes, to the background. Although it took me 2 days to finish this drawing I must say I really love it.
Anyway, listen to this amazing love song and imagine Kha singing to his beautiful Merit.
”My love, you will be the greatest Pharaoh that ruled over Kemet.”
Nefetari consoling her young husband, prince Ramesses, future Ramesses the Great, one of the most famous Pharaohs that ruled over the land of Egypt.
Hope You like it! (Ignore the ugly chair and the column (copy+paste from my previous works!) :D
Q:So, you are saying that Egyptian was only African until late antiquity? Who do you think the Hyksos were?
The Hyksos or heqa khaseshet (ruler of the foreign countries) were an Asiatic people who migrated into Kemet and took over the Nile Delta. The Hyksos’ reign only lasted about 108 years in Kemet. The Hyksos ruled during the 15th Dynasty; they ruled the Nile Delta to Middle Egypt, only encompassnig a small portion of Kemet.
Pharaohs like Seankhenre Mentuhotepi of the 16th Dynasty and Inyotef of the 17th Century ruled Kemet alongside the small Hyksos enclave.The contemporary 16th-dynasty rulers—minor Hyksos kings who ruled simultaneously with those of the 15th dynasty—were probably only vassals of the latter group.
I’ve never read any source that stated the Hyksos intermarried with the Kemetic people. They had their own culture and society within the larger Kemetic one. Most cultures in Antiquity were still very xenophobic when it came down to marriage and procreation. Once Kamose, and his successor, Ahmose, expelled the Hyksos, they returned to West Asia. Up until the Roman occupation of Kemet Hyksos was a term used to devote a foreign-born, West Asian person. When the Cushite pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty and even the Assyrian King Assurbanipal did not have Egyptian wives and had their culture separate from the Kemetic people.
When it comes to miscegenation, only the Alexandria/Nile Delta region of Egypt became mixed, the further you went into North Kemet, the more homogenous the people were.
King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep (Mentuhotep II) was revered in Kemet as the ruler who reunited Kemet around his 39th year on the throne, ending the First Intermediate Period of disunity that followed the end of the Old Kingdom. Consequently, he is considered the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom.