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A Newly Discovered Statue Of A Queen From The Reign Of Amenhotep III

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The iconography of the Mut Temple statue analyzed may suggest that the queen was portrayed in the ritualized role of a goddess in a manner similar to that represented in relief. The statue representing Queen Tiye enacting the duties of Mut as she honors and protects Amenhotep III and Amun-Re. The statue's body, face, and iconography emphasize the queen's position with respect to her husband, namely, his loyal follower (facial style); his procreative alter ego (fertile body form); his consort (queen's regalia); his divine protection (divine regalia). The epithets near the end of the statue's inscription refer to several roles of queenship. In sum, the inscription clearly reinforces the image of Queen Tiye on the statue proper. Both queens identified with the goddess who was wife, mother, mistress of the two lands and the lady of fear that is, the goddess Mut.

Keywords: Amenhotep III; mut temple statue; Queen Tiye



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