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Thutmose II was Hatshepsut husband. He died in 1518 BC and his tomb was descovered in 1898 in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb used a plan that is typical for the tombs of the 18th dynasty. The tomb has a vestibule that precedes the burial chamber. The access to the vestibule is assured by two corridors and two stairways. The vestibule is preceded by shaft with quadrangular shape and has as decorations the entire story of the Amduat’s book. This tomb is the first one who was decorated with the full story of this book. The burial chamber has a oval shape and two pillars as support; its ceiling has stars as decoration, as symbols of the deity Sokar`s cave. In the middle of the chamber is a sarcophagus, red, large and from quartzite having the cartouche shape. Two pillars are in the chamber’s middle with passages from Re’s Litanies, a text in which the later sun deity is celebrated. Re was identified with the pharaoh. An unique image of Thutmose II with the goddess Isis in a tree guise is on another pillar. As regarding the carvings showing Thutmose II there is one carving with the pharaoh and Hatshepsut behind him. And also another cartouche Thutmose II close to Hatshepsut was found, in a badly shape. But there was also discovered a cartouche of a male figure that doesn’t look like Thutmose II or to other king of the 18th dynasty. The mummy of Thutmose II was discovered in Deir el Bahri, in a royal cache, in 1886. But no mortuary complex or tomb belonging to this pharaoh was found. The shape of Thutmose II head and the face are very similar to the ones of his father, Thutmose I.



Egyptian Cartouche Thutmose II




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