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Interpreting the Tomb of Aye

There is a luscious article in the current issue of KMT Journal (Fall 2009) about the murals of Aye's tomb (WV23).

The tomb features the four sons of Horus, which are shown in an unusual seated arrangement - kind of like they are in a booth at IHOP. Another mural shows Aye being embraced by Hathor (a.k.a. "The Sphinx Lady"), and in the same manner as in the famous sculpture of pharaoh Menkhaure. The implication is that Aye wants to be remembered as a Horus the Younger (Benjamin/Joshua) figure.

Another unusual feature of the sons of Horus is that they are all shown in kingly regalia. It was probably Aye's will for at least four of his sons to follow him in kingship, and he did in fact establish the Libyan (22nd) Dynasty with at least four consecutive generations (Sheshonq - Pedubastet/Nakhtmin - Osorkon III - Takelot III - Osorkon IV) as his natural line. Aye/Sheshonq also had four other immediate descendants with pharaonic status, those being Osorkon I, Takelot I, and Sheshonq II.

The tomb of Aye features a cartouche of his wife Tey, who is considered a commoner by Egyptologists, and who died before Aye succeeded Tut as pharaoh of all Egypt. (Hence, Aye's decision to marry Ankhesenamun and make her Great Queen.) Tey was of course one and the same as Queen Tiye, very much a royal woman and the Hathor/Sphinx of her day. The names Tiye and Tey are identical and only spelled differently by Egyptologist "to avoid confusion".
The article compares and contrasts the art styles and subject matter (such as the 12 baboons representing 12 hours of the sun god's night journey) of Tut's tomb with that of Aye. Unlike Tut's tomb, the murals of Aye's tomb were severely damaged in the Amarna back-lash.