Episode 91: The Mighty Bulls

Amunhotep III (Part 2).

In his first year of power (1400 – 1399 BCE), Amunhotep III began a whole string of  projects. Guided by his mother Mutemwia, the new king commissioned new monuments, quarrying efforts, and even undertook a great hunt. Twelve months of intense activity: all things considered, the reign began quite well…

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Statue of Thoth commissioned by Amunhotep, Hermopolis/Ashmunein (1 World Tours).

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Mutemwia (left) and Amunhotep III in the kiosk of his coronation (The Met)

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A statue of Mut-em-wia, carved to represent Mut (seated) in her Barge/Barque. A “rebus,” or object conveying a symbol/word, this statue literally means “Mut in Her Boat,” like the name of the Queen (British Museum).

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Quarries worked by Amunhotep III’s workers (Nishimoto, 2002).

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The record of Amunhotep’s bull hunt (Cleveland).



Lawrence Michael Berman, The Art of Amenhotep III, 1990.

David O’Connor & Eric Cline, Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign, 1997.

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.

Arielle P. Kozloff, Egypt’s Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and His World, 1992.

Arielle P. Kozloff, Amenhotep III: Egypt’s Radiant Pharaoh,  2012.

Shin-Ichi Nishimoto, “Hieratic Inscriptions from the Quarry at Qurna: an interim Report,” British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan (2002). British Museum.

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