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If fellow photographers have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian temples of the Nile Valley during the early hours of the day, they will find out that the light plays really nicely around perspectives. Here is a temple attendant at Hatshepsut Temple caught walking between the columns with no direct sunlight on his robe.
I want to dedicate this picture to my friend Bulent Atalay ( Batalay in TE )

Hatshepsut Temple History . ( Wikipedia)

Hatshepsut had begun construction of a tomb when she was the Great Royal Wife of Thutmosis II, but the scale of this was not suitable for a pharaoh, so once she became the ruler, a second tomb was built. This was KV20, which possibly was the first grand tomb complex to be constructed in the Valley of the Kings. The original intention seems to have been to hew a long tunnel that would lead underneath her mortuary temple, but the quality of the limestone bedrock was poor and her architect must have realized that this goal would not be possible. As a result, a large burial chamber was created instead. At some point, it was decided to dis-inter her father, Thutmose I, from his original tomb in KV38 and place his mummy in a new chamber below hers. Her original red-quartzite sarcophagus was altered to accommodate her father instead, and a new one was made for her. It is likely that when she died (no later than the twenty-second year of her reign), she was interred in this tomb along with her father.[

The tomb was opened in antiquity, the first time during the end of the reign of Hatshepsut's successor, Thutmosis III, by that time a co-regent with his son. They may have re-interred his grandfather, Thutmosis I, in his original tomb and may have moved Hatshepsut's mummy into the tomb of her wet nurse, Sitre-Re, in KV60. It is possible that Amenhotep II, son to Thutmosis III by a secondary wife, was the one motivating these actions in an attempt to assure his own succession. Although her tomb largely had been cleared (save for both sarcophagi still present when the tomb was cleared fully by Howard Carter in 1903) some grave furnishings have been identified as belonging to Hatshepsut, including a lioness "throne" (bedstead is a better description), a senet game board with carved lioness-headed, red-jasper game pieces bearing her pharaonic title, a signet ring, and a partial ushabti figurine bearing her name. In the Royal Mummy Cache at DB320 an ivory canopic coffer was found that was inscribed with the name of Hatshepsut and contained a mummified liver. However, there was a royal lady of the twenty-first dynasty of the same name, and this could belong to her instead.

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