Taharqa of Kush

Taharqa of Kush

My rendition of the Kushite warrior-king Taharqa, who inherited from his conqueror father Piye an empire that straddled all of Egypt and Nubia (northern Sudan). He enjoyed a prosperous reign until he ran into trouble with the invading Assyrian Empire. He put up a fierce and valiant fight, but in the end the Assyrians ended up seizing Lower (northern) Egypt away from his control. He is also known to have supported the Hebrews’ revolts against Assyrian domination of Israel, earning him a mention in the Old Testament (2 Kings 19:9, Isaiah 37:9) with the name “Tirhakah”.

This is sort of a follow-up to my earlier Civilization-inspired “leader scene” featuring the Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut. I rather like how the composition turned out here.

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