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Queen Ahmose-Merytamun


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 July 2016
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The cobra emblem on the forehead and the Hathoric wig confirms this is a queen. Just as pharaohs were deemed an incarnation of Horus, so did queens embody the goddess Hathor. Ahmose-Merytamun was a sister and wife of Amenhotep I. The bust comes from a seated statue. The lower part, with texts identifying the owner, is still in the temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak. It stands in front of the temple's massice gateway, called "Pylons", besides a colossal seated statue of Amenhotep I himself. 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep I, circa 1525-1504 BCE. From the Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Queen Ahmose-Merytamun." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 18 Jul 2016. Web. 11 Apr 2021.

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