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Relief with the image of Pharaoh Tuthmoses IV

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1570-1320 B.C.

Limestone, painted, from Thebes

This relief represents the third pharaoh of Dynasty 18 in a classic style in which his idealized features are characterized by an almond-shaped eye, aquiline nose, thin lips and a slightly protruding chin. His complex headdress consists of the horns of a ram from which are suspended two uraei, or sacred cobras. These, in turn, provide support for two much larger uraei, only the hood of the one on the left is preserved, which frame a sun disk and two ostrich plumes. The hieroglyphs contain a prayer granting pharaoh "all life like the sun god Ra."

Photo courtesy of Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum

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