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Thutmose IV
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) Thutmose IV or Tuthmosis IV or Djehutymes IV
Age
Sex m
Status royal
Height
Source
Culture Egyptian
Date(s)
Site Valley of the Kings
Current Location
Location Cairo Museum
Catalog # CG61073; JE34559
Thutmose IV was born to Amenhotep II and Tia'a but was not actually the crown prince and Amenhotep II's chosen successor to the throne. Some scholars speculate that Thutmose ousted his older brother in order to usurp power and then commissioned the Dream Stele in order to justify his unexpected kingship. Thutmose's most celebrated accomplishment was the restoration of the Sphinx at Giza. Actually little is known about him in comparison to others of this dynasty.

Pathology

Recently a surgeon at Imperial College London analysed the early death of Thutmose IV and the premature deaths of other Eighteenth dynasty Pharaohs. He concludes that their early deaths were likely as a result of a familial temporal epilepsy. This would account for both the untimely death of Thutmose IV and also his religious vision described on the Dream Stele, due to this type of epilepsy’s association with intense spiritual visions and religiosity.

Additional

His tomb was KV 43, located in the Valley of the Kings and discovered by Howard Carter. However, his mummy was found five years earlier to the tomb's discovery in a cache of mummies located in the tomb of Amenhotep II.

References

https://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/tuthmosis4.htm

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pharaoh-Thutmose-IV

  1. Ashrafian, Hutan. "Familial epilepsy in the pharaohs of ancient Egypt's eighteenth dynasty". Epilepsy Behav25: 23–31. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.06.014
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