Monday, March 11, 2013

The Goddess and the Opulent King

The funerary temple of the 18th dynasty king Amenhotep III has yielded another group of Sekhmet statues the goddess of medicine. Amenhotep III ruled at the Epoch of Ancient Egypt's empire and possessed huge resources which he lavished on hundreds perhaps even thousands of statues particularly of himself, the Goddess Sekhmet and Amenhotep's wife Tiye.

Amenhotep III's badly damaged mummy in the Cairo museum displays severe dental problems which probably caused great pain to the king who attempted to placate Sekhmet to relieve him of this pain.

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