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By Joyce A. Tyldesley

Egypt?s Queen?or, as she would favor to be remembered, King?Hatchepsut governed over an age of peace, prosperity, and memorable architectural fulfillment (c. 1490 b.c.). Had she been born a guy, her reign may in all probability were remembered for its good executive, profitable exchange missions, and the development of 1 of the main attractive buildings within the world?the Deir el-Bahri temple at Luxor. After her dying, even if, her identify and photograph have been viciously attacked, her monuments destroyed or usurped, her position in heritage systematically obliterated. ultimately, during this magnificent paintings of archaeological and ancient sleuthing, Joyce Tyldesley rescues this fascinating determine from greater than thousand years of oblivion and at last restores the feminine pharaoh to her rightful prominence because the first lady in recorded historical past to rule a state.

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33 In religious practices, one of the most important features of the period was the renewal of the great annual Feast of the Valley. Even if this local festival had not completely ceased during the Libyan period, its importance seems to have waned, perhaps linked to the changes in burial practices. Intriguingly, there is no direct evidence of Kushite restoration in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahari, but the processional route to the temple became the focus of the new elite necropolis. Some of these tombs, constructed on a massive scale, were given second entrances that opened directly onto the processional avenue.

12 The almond-shaped eyes are bordered by plastically carved upper and lower rims and surmounted by natural eyebrows. Although the face bears a resemblance to the realistic treatment of late Twelfth Dynasty representations, it lacks one usual characteristic from that period, the ‘Kushite folds,’ or prominent furrows of flesh descending from the sides of the nose down the cheeks. 14 The head suggests a man with a strong personality and access to an unusually fine workshop. Despite its size, it appears in photographs to be from a much larger statue.

Within the first court, the great central colonnade has columns on the same scale as those of the Hypostyle Hall. These new structures would have served for the processions of Amun in the Feast of the Valley. At the eastern end of the temple, a structure of twenty columns with screen walls was placed in the court between the great East Gate of the temple and the pylon entrance to the Temple of the Hearing Ear. In this temple, a statue of the reigning king served as the intermediary between the people and Amun.

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