Sunday, January 29, 2006

Questions about the Tiy statue (
In this item Bryan says that the identification of the statue as Tiy may not be secure, but that it certainly represents "a major queen of Amenhotep III, which would limit the subject of the statue to Tiye, Amenhotep's mother or his daughter".

The article also addresses the fact that the statue was apparently used as building material: "A Johns Hopkins University archaeological team found a life-sized statue believed to represent Queen Tiye buried face down under the floor of the sprawling Karnak Temple site in Luxor, the ancient Egyptian royal city. The statue, which dates to between 1391 and 1352 B.C., was found under the platform of a temple of the goddess Mut, which dates to about 700 B.C. It appears to have been tossed in with rubble used to fill in the floor during that temple's later expansion, said Betsy Bryan, a professor of Egyptian art and archaeology at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. 'The reason for using the statue as construction material, however, remains unknown,' Bryan said in an e-mail from Egypt."

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