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Tomb of a Queen Karomama Found

 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:34 am    Post subject: Tomb of a Queen Karomama Found Reply with quote

The tomb of Queen Karomama-Mery-Mut was found in Luxor on the West Bank, inside a temple dedicated to Tuya, mother of King Ramses II, at the Ramesseum, the Memorial Temple for Ramses II.

"Karomama tomb discovered in the Ramesseum temple" (Luxor Times, 11.12.2014)

From the 22nd Dynasty we know several Queens "Karomama" but as far as I know only one (?) with the name addition "Mery Mut": one of the Great Kings Wife of Osorkon II. Well known is her bronze statue in the Louvre :

"La divine adoratrice d'Amon Karomama" (Paris, Louvre, N 500).

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:35 am    Post subject: Re: Tomb of a Queen Karomama Found Reply with quote

Lutz wrote:
... From the 22nd Dynasty we know several Queens "Karomama" but as far as I know only one (?) with the name addition "Mery Mut": one of the Great Kings Wife of Osorkon II. ...

There is another Karomama-Mery-Mut : the GKW of Takelot II. She is mentioned at Karnak, on the so called Bubastite Portal, as the mother of the First Prophet of Amun and Great General, Osorkon. She was a daughter of the First Prophet of Amun Nimlut and consequently the grand-daughter of Osorkon II. See Wolfram Grajetzki, 2005, Ancient Egyptian Queens, p. 80 - 87.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "Queen" was / is in the end "just" a "Gods Wife and Divine Adoratress of Amun". Only the Deputy Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Dr. Youssef Khalifa had a different opinion. He promoted her without further ado to a queen and dated her tomb in the Ramesside period. Unfortunately, a section of the press took over this nonsense...

A publication of the known documents for the Gods Wife and Divine Adoratress Karomama Meryt Mut is to find in ... Helen Jacquet-Gordon : A Statuette of Ma'et and the Identity of the Divine Adoratress Karomama. - In: ZÄS 94-2. - 1967. - p. 80 - 93 :
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"... To recapitulate what has been proposed above: The Divine Adoratress Karomama is proved by her titles to have been one of the sacred virgins dedicated to Amûn in Thebes and to have remained unmarried. It follows that she can under no circumstances be identified with the queen of Takelot II nor with any of the other royal ladies of the same name listed above. She was a contemporary of the lst Prophet of Amûn and King, Horsaese I whose pontificate falls within the reigns of Takelot I and Osorkon II, and she retained her position into the reign of Takelot II if not longer. Since she was certainly of the royal family but seems to have been neither royal wife, mother or daughter, it appears most probable that she was a daughter of the lst Prophet of Amûn Sheshonk (who never claimed royal titles) and sister of Horsaese. Until further evidence is forthcoming, this is the best that we can do for her."

The English version of the page from the Louvre about her Bronze-Statue : "Statue of Karomama, the Divine Adoratrice of Amun".

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating. What sort of name is Karomama? Libyan?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wolfram Grajetzki : Ancient Egyptian Queens - A Hieroglyphic Dictionary. - London : Golden House Pub., 2005. - ISBN : 0954721896. - 120 p. - On page 80 :
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"... in origin evidently foreign, presumably Libyan, as there are no known Egyptian words or names on the pattern k(+r)+m(+m). ..."

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The report from the French-Egyptian archaeological mission is now also in English available from there page : "Lost and found - The Tomb of the Divine Adoratrice Karomama (22nd Dynasty) brought to light at the Ramesseum".

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