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Khnumhotep + Niankhkhnum by Eshto Khnumhotep + Niankhkhnum by Eshto
KHNUMHOTEP & NIANKHKHNUM (2400 bce)

Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum were ancient royal servants who shared the title “Overseer of the Manicurists in the Palace of King Niuserre”. The two men are depicted on their joint tomb in one of the most intimate poses allowed by Egyptian artistic conventions: face to face, with their noses touching. Niankhkhnum means "joined to life" and Khnumhotep means "joined to 'the blessed state of the dead'". together their names mean "joined in life and death”. They are believed to be the first recorded same-sex couple in human history.
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Semantot Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved this very much!! 
But I'm not so sure about the beard though, since Ancient Egyptian often shave their beards.
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:icon38020:
Would you be offended if called this "Queens throughout History"?
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:iconfari-studios:
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.  I love the depictions and implied love story of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum.  I absolutely love that you did a piece on them.  Beautiful work and well done.  :)
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:iconalphajoy:
This series is sensational! :D
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:iconmariamjolnir:
That's just incredible *___*
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:iconmiasaki666:
so lovely! even their names were joined, such a proof of their connection, seeing how important names were to the Egyptians....
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Vesperyan Mar 21, 2011
I've never seen them depicted like this! It's gorgeous!
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:icondaaakota:
Amazing! A history lesson and a great picture!
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:iconrueyeet:
YES. I had read about these two, how the one is depicted in the pose and position traditionally reserved for a man's wife. :nod:

I very much like how you've translated the pose from the tomb painting into a more realistic style (not to mention, infused it with some serious sexual tension, there).
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