Heart Views

: 2012  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 156--157

A heart at El Kurru Royal Necropolis of Napata (Kush)

Siddiq I Khalil 
 Department of Cardiology, Sudan Heart Institute, Khartoum, Sudan

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Siddiq I Khalil
Department of Cardiology, Sudan Heart Institute, Khartoum

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Khalil SI. A heart at El Kurru Royal Necropolis of Napata (Kush).Heart Views 2012;13:156-157

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Khalil SI. A heart at El Kurru Royal Necropolis of Napata (Kush). Heart Views [serial online] 2012 [cited 2023 Oct 2 ];13:156-157
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The army of Kush (present day Sudan) led by king Taharqa invaded Egypt reaching up to the Nile Delta repelling the Assyrians. They ruled Egypt from 741-656 BC forming the 25 th Egyptian Dynasty. King Tanwetamani (c) ruled from 664-656 BC returning to Sudan after being defeated by the Assyrians. He was buried in the royal tomb at El Kurru in North Sudan. Panel (a) shows the 19 steps passage to the underground tomb and the door to the burial room (b). Panel (d) shows the burial tomb with masterpiece paintings of a sky full of stars, while paintings on the walls depict his life story. Image (e) is a close up of the huge heart of Tanwetamani being weighed by his doctor as the vulture goddess Mut looks on. It is reasonable to speculate that his unexpected defeat in Egypt, his untimely death after returning to Kush and the big heart indicate a cardiomyopathy and heart failure as a cause of his death. However, a definite answer to the riddle of his death and weighing of his heart still lies in the deep underground tomb at El Kurru Royal Necropolis.