Atef crowns and Tuthmosis III

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A relief fragment from the temple of Tuthmosis III at Deir el-Bahri, on loan to the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney from the Australian Museum, features Tuthmosis III in the guise of the god Osiris wearing an atef crown. The crown is surmounted by an ished-fruit, an element linked to the solar cult. The fruit of the ished tree was a motif often seen at the peak of the atef crown during the Ramesside period. However, a relief from the Hathor Chapel at Deir el-Bahri shows that this element appeared during the co-regency of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. This is possibly the earliest known appearane of the motif.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-87
Number of pages3
JournalDiscussions in Egyptology
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Egyptian art
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • antiquities
  • New Kingdom Egypt
  • Egyptian temples
  • sculpture
  • wall paintings


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