Amenhotep III the Hunting Pharaoh

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Amenhotep III was a Pharaoh of the Egyptian New Kingdom whose reign (1391-1353 BC) has been described as a time of unprecedented prosperity for his country. He was a prolific builder, diplomat, and patron of the arts, as well as an avid hunter (he was recorded as bagging over a hundred lions during the first ten years of his reign). His chief wife was Queen Tiye and his heir was the “heretic” Pharaoh Akhenaten (whose reign appears to have been much more disastrous for the dynasty than his father’s).

Here I’ve chosen to portray the huntsman facet of Amenhotep’s character, by showing him hunting in the floodplains of the Nile Valley. This piece was actually something I did for a client who wanted an illustration for a website of African history he’s setting up (he liked it, but decided my style wasn’t quite what he was looking for).

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