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Amarna SunsetNefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian
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Aidan Dodson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163043

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163043.001.0001

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The Living Age of Amun

The Living Age of Amun

(p.61) 4 The Living Age of Amun
Amarna Sunset

Aidan Dodson

American University in Cairo Press

A stela brings us to the untold world of the Egyptian, but some of these stelae are too damaged to read in our present time. A duplicate of a stela set up in the Karnak complex shows figures when Tutankhamun is offering to Amun and Mut, with Ankhesenamun standing behind him. Below that figure is a thirty-line inscription stating that Tutankhamun “restored everything that was ruined, to be a monument for ever and ever” and “suppressed wrongdoing throughout the Two Lands.” Given the placement of the stela, and the known destruction of Amuns's names and images by Akhenaten, the next section of the stela is unsurprisingly focused on the king's resolution to do everything possible to benefit Amun by creating a new cult image, building on what survived from before Akhenaten's time. The stela continues, emphasizing the king's munificence toward the newly restored temples and their gods.

Keywords:   temples, stela, monument, Egyptian, stelae, Amun, Mut, Tutankhamun, Ankhesenamun, Akhenaten

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