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Political Correctness
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

A funerary stela from the entrance to Raïay's tomb is evidence of uncertain times. Raïay and his wife, seated at left, receive offerings in one scene, while inscriptions name several of Egypt's many traditional gods. But reliefs on the tomb walls include the name of just one god, Aten. Why the difference? Raïay probably had the walls decorated at a time when the radical Pharaoh Akhenaten worshiped Aten exclusively. Once Akhenaten died and people began to recoil from his extreme ideas, Raïay apparently tried to update his tomb by adding the stela. It was too little, too late. The Aten-only decoration had become a liability, and Raïay abandoned the tomb altogether. The question now is: Where was he buried?

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Tungsten 64
Lens: Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Underground
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights


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