Tirhakah (Taharqa) in the British Museum

In two previous posts we have mentioned the statue of Taharqa (English Bible: Tirhakah) recently discovered in Sudan. Tirhakah, king of Cush, is important in Bible study because he is mentioned in 2 Kings 19:9 (= Isaiah 37:9) as befriending Hezekiah, king of Judah.

The British Museum displays a beautiful granite statute of Tirhakah showing the king standing under the protection of the god Amun shown as a recumbent ram. The gray granite sculpture, dating to about 675 B.C., was found at Karnak. This granite is typical of the Aswan area.

Tirhakah under the protection of the god Amun. British Museum photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Tirhakah under the protection of the god Amun. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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