السبت، 8 أكتوبر 2011

Two Talented Officials

Senenmut, the favorite of Queen Hatshepsut, was her talented architect who built her mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahari.

He was allowed to portray himself in the temple of his queen. Senenmut was also allowed to dig his tomb near her temple.

Another genius of humble origin, born and educated in the Delta town of Athribis, near modern Benha, is Amenhotep, Son of Hapu. Possessing magnificent talents, he was chosen to serve in the palace as a royal scribe. This profession gave him the opportunity to be close to Amenhotep the Third, who later promoted him to be his vizier and chief of public works.

He was in charge of building the two gigantic statues known as the "Colossi of Memnon," at the entrance of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep the Third on the west side of Thebes.

Amenhotep, Son of Hapu, was worshipped as the god of healing in the Ptolemaic period. A chapel was built for his cult at the Deir el-Bahari temple. Amenhotep, Son of Hapu, is depicted here in one statue as a young man and in another as an old man.

It is worth comparing both statues to observe the changes over the years, not only in the facial features, but also in the form of his body.

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