4. King Amonhotep Ist and Queen Ames-Nefertari

         On the cliffs of Deir el Medina are two images that resemble King Amonhotep I and the seated image of a queen beside him.  These two specific images are very telling as to the nature of the mountain images.  The likeness of Amonhotep I on the mountain when compared to the likeness of Amonhotep I in two different Stella’s where he is depicted is uncanny.  The facial features of Amonhotep I are somewhat unique.  His jaw-line is very square and his cheeks are shown as very round and full.  When comparing the two known representations of Amonhotep I to the mountain image, the characteristics are similar.  Amonhotep I and his mother were first royalty and later became deified; which suggests that the images on the mountain were manmade.  The image of king and queen are so clear that they appear as statues overlooking the village.  The view from other perspectives, however, is so changed that the images are not recognizable, making the origins once again questionable.

         The location where pharaonic images reside is a very special part of the mountain because a shaft tomb is located in the crevice just to the right of the queen and serpent images.  This shaft tomb is where the mummy cache was found that held over forty mummified royals.  Perhaps this is the reason the artisan cult remained loyal to the location up to the very end of pharaonic culture, thereby protecting the treasured ancestors for as long as they could.

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