Sun, 18 January 2015
The Secret Tomb of Senuseret III.
One of Egypt's most legendary kings has taken the throne. Kha-kau-Re Senuseret III begins his 20+ year reign, with an incredibly ambitious building program.
No less than two royal tombs are constructed at once, and a remarkable shift in artistic representation occurs at the same time.
Senuseret III will be one of the most significant rulers we meet, as literary, artistic and architectural achievements stack upon each other to provide a wealth of information on Twelfth Dynasty society.
The "aged" but personable face of Senuseret III (Source: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).
Three faces of Senuseret III; a bold profile, beautifully carved (Source: Wikipedia & the British Museum).
Senuseret III (Source: the British Museum).
The pyramid burial chamber at Dahshur - his actual tomb, or not? We may never know (Source: the MMA).
The Dahshur pyramid of Senusret III (Source: the MMA).
Two sphinxes slay enemies beneath the cartouche of Senuseret III - from the burial of princess Mereret (Source: takenote.it)
Josef Wegner, "The Tomb of Senwosret III at Abydos: Considerations on the Origin and Development of the Royal Amduat-Tomb," in Archaism and Innovation, 2009 (Free Download).
Josef Wegner and Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner, "Seat of Eternity" in Archaeology Magazine, July/August 2001 (JSTOR).
Vanessa E. Smith, "An Investigation of the Shena of Divine Offerings Adjacent to the Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos, Egypt," PhD. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.
Wolfram Grajetzki, The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, 2006.
Penn Museum Website - Abydos.
Ancient Egypt Online - Senwosret III at Dahshur.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Website - Senwosret III's Pyramid at Dahshur.
Mon, 5 January 2015
The Faiyum Oasis and Senuseret II.
A new king is on the throne in 1892 BCE - Kha-kheper-Re Senusret II, son of Amenemhat II.
Moving his pyramid south, to Lahun, the king initiates a series of building projects in the region of the Faiyum Oasis.
With innovations in tomb security, irrigation projects and a new workers' community all underway at once, it is a period of bustle and hustle in the region of Middle Egypt.
The king himself (Source: TourEgypt.net)
The pyramid of Senusret II, at Lahun. (Source: DePual University)
The crown of Sat-Hathor-Iunet, daughter of Senusret II (Source: Wikipedia)
The crown, as displayed (Source: TourEgypt.net)
The pectoral of Sat-Hathor-Iunet (Source: Wikipedia).
Wolfram Grajetzki - The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. 2006.
Nicolas Grimal - A History of Egypt. 1994.
Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton - The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. 2010.