National Geographic November 1990:The Kingdom of Kush

Turning the tables, a Kushite king from Napata swept down the Nile "like a thunderburst" to conquer Egypt in 724 B.C. Here in the delta, Piye accepts homage of vanquished princes and a tribute of horses. First of five Kushite kings who ruled Egypt, he helped establish his family as Dynasty XXV.

 

The climbers found sockets cut into the rock that could have held logs. Such timbers, hoisted with two shadoofs, probably formed scaffolding to give workmen access to the niche, likely repository for a statue.

 

High crowned images of Hathor and Mut, Amun's consort, flank a doorway in the temple of Mut. Columns portraying the god Bes, protector of women in childbirth, ...taking an infant to bath in the Nile.

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