Marianne Luban
re: Evidence for the Length of Reigns of Akhenaten's Success
Sat Jan 26, 2019 18:02
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Since I began to concentrate on Smenkhkare, a whole new world of understanding has opened up. For instance, in the tomb of Tutankhamen, KV62, there was a container which Reeves called The Painted Box. Among its contents was a child-sized glove and what Carter termed a "tiny garment" decorated with gold sequins on which the names of King Ankhkheperure and his queen, Meritaten, had been incised. I think it's a fair deduction that the clothes had belonged to Tutankhamen as a child. There was even the little crook and flail that he had once used for scepters prior to getting some bigger ones when he grew older.


The last time I checked, Dodson was sticking to the theory that Smenkhkare had become a coregent with Akhenaten around the latter's Year 12--a scenario I never much liked. Dodson bases this on the way things look to him in the tomb of Meryre II, where Smenkhkare was supposed to be depicted but nothing was completed except the outline drawing. But, if Tutankhaten/Tutankhamen had been a baby at this time, why would his little outfit have been decorated with sequins that bore the names of Smenkhkare and Meritaten? [Don't forget, Tut's parents were a brother and a sister, both children of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye. If Akhenaten had a son of his own, why would his brother have been created a coregent?] I can understand why Dodson reached his conclusion, but I think he's mistaken. Smenkhkare was a coregent, probably, but not until Akhenaten's last Year, 17, when Meritaten's husband was chosen. Little Tut was not a suitable husband for her at any point and Meritaten was intended to be queen. Tut would have to wait his turn or, if Smenkhkare had a son, be bypassed. He was only four or five and too young for consideration.


So the little prince wore his fancy garment during the sole reign of Smenkhkare and nobody else. Smenkhkare died within two years, had no son, after all, so that left Tutankhamen, the heir apparent--still no more than about six or so. Enter the regent, Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten.

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    • re: Evidence for the Length of Reigns of Akhenaten's Success — Marianne Luban, Sat Jan 26 18:02
      • Hi Marianne For instance, in the tomb of Tutankhamen, KV62, there was a container which Reeves called The Painted Box. Among its contents was a child-sized glove and what Carter termed a "tiny... more
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          • re: Zink and PuschRich McQuillen, Tue Jan 29 19:04
            It looks like this is the study being discussed, from 2010. I'm playing catch up. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/41451669_Ancestry_and_Pathology_in_King_Tutankhamun's_Family
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