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A Vignette Concerning The Deification Of Thutmose IV

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The tomb of Tjenuna contains an intriguing vignette of four royal figures. This vignette is nested among precious objects intended for the royal New Year's Festival, a time at which gifts were given to the ruler by high officials in celebration of the beginning of the civil year, which was also associated with the rebirth of the king. The image of Thutmose IV censing his statue shows the ruler's participation in his own rebirth; his renewal as a king, his rejuvenation as a divine manifestation in the realm of the living, and, in the potential time of the afterlife, reborn and assimilated with the sun god. It is clear that at some point late in his reign, Thutmose IV prepared the foundations for his deification while alive, which he did not achieve during his short lifetime.

Keywords: deification; Thutmose IV; Tomb of Tjenuna; vignette



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