Ram Sphinx of King Taharqo

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 18 July 2016
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The supreme god Amun represented here as a ram, protects a figure of king Taharqo (Taharqa; Biblical Tirhakah or Tirhaqah). The ruler's forehead of two cobras instead of one, an assertion of sovereignty over both his native Kush and Egypt, which the Kushites had conquered. Taharqo built and enlarged temples of Amun across his enormous realm. This and other ram sphinxes lined a processional avenue leading up to the temple of Amun at Kawa. 25th Dynasty, reign of Taharqo, circa 690-664 BCE. From temple T at Kawa, Sudan. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2016, July 18). Ram Sphinx of King Taharqo. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5338/ram-sphinx-of-king-taharqo/

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Ram Sphinx of King Taharqo." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 18, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5338/ram-sphinx-of-king-taharqo/.

MLA Style

Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Ram Sphinx of King Taharqo." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 18 Jul 2016. Web. 29 Jul 2021.