Temple of Mut, Jebel Barkal

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Temple of Mut, Jebel Barkal
B300 Columns Barkal.jpg
Hathor columns of the Temple of Mut
LocationKarima, Northern State, Sudan
RegionNubia
Coordinates18°32′7″N 31°49′50″E / 18.53528°N 31.83056°E / 18.53528; 31.83056Coordinates: 18°32′7″N 31°49′50″E / 18.53528°N 31.83056°E / 18.53528; 31.83056
TypeSanctuary
Part ofJebel Barkal
History
BuilderTaharqa
FoundedIn the 680s BCE
Official nameGebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region
TypeCultural
Criteriai, ii, iii, iv, vi
Designated2003 (27th session)
Reference no.1073
RegionArab States

The Temple of Mut, also named temple B300, is a temple at Jebel Barkal in Northern State, Sudan. It is situated about 400 km north of Khartoum near Karima and stands near a large bend of the Nile River, in the region that was called Nubia in ancient times. The partially rock-cut temple was built on the west side base of the Jebel Barkal pinnacle, from which angle it assumed the shape of an Uraeus wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt. Dedicated to the goddess Mut, the wife of Amun, the Temple of Mut was erected by pharaoh Taharqa in the 680s BCE, at a time when he ruled upper and lower Egypt.[1]

History[edit]

Ground plan of the Temple of Mut.

Restoring a ruined structure abandoned by New Kingdom pharaos, named B300-sub, Taharqa built an outer temple of cut stone masonry comprising entrance kiosk, pylon, Bes pillars, columns topped with sistrum-headed Hathor capitals and carved five wall painted chambers into the rock base to honor the goddess Mut, who believed to dwell together with the state-god Amun inside Jebel Barkal.[2] From the outer structure only two of the Hathor columns still survive, but the rock-cut chambers are in a good shape and were cleaned and restored from 2015 to 2018.[3]

Setting[edit]

The rock-chambers contain restored paintings with representations of Amon, Taharqa and lion-headed or human-headed forms of the Double Crown wearing Mut. The paintings are accompanied by hieroglyphic inscriptions, where Taharqa says that he found the temple built by the "ancestors" in "humble work", and that he rebuilt it as "splendid work".[4] The figures are painted in ochre and white kaolin on a background painted in Egyptian blue. Alluding in some regard to the myth of the Eye of Ra, the goddesses represented in the Temple of Mut played important roles both in the myth of the divine origin of the king and in coronation ceremonies.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of temple B300.
  2. ^ Timothy Kendall, El-Hassan Ahmed Mohammed; A Visitor's Guide to The Jebel Barkal Temples. The NCAM Jebel Barkal Mission; 2016 pp.12-24.
  3. ^ Jebel Barkal, The Mut Temple Conservation Project.
  4. ^ Necia Desiree Harkless; Nubian Pharaohs and Meroitic Kings. The Kingdom of Kush; 2006; ISBN 1-4259-4496-5; pp.132-135.
  5. ^ Timothy Kendall; Napatan Temples: a Case Study from Gebel Barkal. The Mythological Nubian Origin of Egyptian Kingship and the Formation of the Napatan State. Tenth International Conference of Nubian Studies. Rome, September 9–14, 2002.