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Golden mask of Amenemope

Ahmed Samir

Amenemope Golden Mask

A reasonable son of Susenes I and the sovereign's consort. Amenemobi succeeded in his father's tacit rule long after a period of partnership. This relationship is found thanks to a cloth wrapper indicating "...Lord Amenemope, year 49..." which has been recast as "[Year X under] ruler Amenemope, year 49 [in the reign of Lord Psusennes I]". However, it has been suggested that this year have 49 places with the high priest of Amon Menkhberi in place of Psusennes I, which later led to the exclusion of relevance; This speculation was dismissed by Kenneth Kitchen, who is already endorsing the company. The kitchen alludes to the presence of the Brooklyn Papyrus 16.205, a report referring to the year 49 followed by the year 4, when it is said to refer to Shoshenq III and Pami, but more recently to Psusennes I and Amenemope, and thus introduced in the royal year 4 of the latter.

Golden mask of Amenemope
Golden mask of Amenemope

During his reign as pharaoh, Amenemobi secured the title of "Pious Priest of Amun in Tanis" as he had done to Psusennes before him. The power of Amenemope is so fully realized at Thebes - hitherto represented by the High Priest of Amun Smendes II and later by his brother Pinedjem II - that his name appears on the funerary merchandise of at least nine Theban camps, among them the Book of the Dead "the leader of the Ark of Amun", Pinedjem, It dates back to the fifth year of Amenemope.

Aside from the Tanitic burial chamber and the tombs of Thebes mentioned earlier, Amemenope is an ineffectively validated ruler. He went on to enrich the House of Prayer for Isis "Paramore Pyramids at Giza" and expanded one of the holy places in Memphis.

All variants in Manetho's compendium indicate that Amenophthis (Amenemope's Hellenised name) was happy at 9 years of rule, a term largely confirmed by archaeological sources. Neither children nor spouses are known of him, and he was apparently dominated by the elder Osorkon.

As evidenced by the investigation of his skeleton by Dr. Douglas Derry, Amenemope was an unequivocally fabricated man who had reached a truly advanced age. It appears that the ruler contracted a skull disease, possibly meningitis, that led to his death.