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Silsila West Bank Speos Taweret suckles the king
This relief is situated in a rock-cut temple dating to the 18th Dynasty, and more precisely to the time of Tutankhamun/Horemhab (around 1330 B.C./3350 B.P.). It shows the king as a young boy, suckled by the local goddess Taweret (often shown as an hippopotamus but here an elegant woman), witnessed by his godly protectors: Amun, King of the gods, Khnum, god of birth and Sobek the local crocodile God and companion of Taweret. Through the divine milk, the king becomes superhuman and thus has the power necessary to interact with the gods and the sacred. This ritual seems to have been part of the crowning rites.
Gebel el Silsila Project - Epigraphic Survey
Photography, Modeling and anotations Philippe Martinez, CNRS, Sorbonne Universités, firstname.lastname@example.org