Temple Precincts on the banks of the Nile

You are looking at Upper Egypt on the banks of the Nile River, with its ruins of the Temple Amon, built by King Tut after he took the throne, ca.1332BC-1323BC in the conventional chronology. The ruins, excavated in the 20th century, are huge, though nothing remains of the houses, palaces, and gardens surrounding the Temple. Since people always want more space, It was added onto over the centuries, expanding the temple area.

The exteriors of these areas gave important information to future generations about structure and design. What works and what doesn’t.

Stonehenge inside facing

At first, buildings were supported by vertical and horizontal elements. What you might know as post and beam, could be wood, could be stone, as in Stone Henge shown here. Technically this type of construction is known as Trabeated construction.

Trabeated construction: column and beam

In the image with the columns,  aesthetic elements in carvings of various designs have been cut/incised into the columns. We were and are still seeking the aesthetics.

Tutankhamun, King for only ten years, died at nineteen after a short reign.

King Tut's throne. Carving on back he & his sister-wife

He reigned long enough to change the direction of idol worship in his country. In my blog last week (,  Samson died a pauper’s death, unlike Tutankhamun whose regal properties were buried with him.This young man, affectionately called King Tut, made an aesthetic difference in his kingdom. He not only had temple architecture designed and built, but he influenced the design of furnishings, to this

day. We still create chairs that mimic Tut’s throne. All were discovered in 1922 in his well-stocked tomb.

This iron and brass chair, with a leather seat and back, is a 19th century design taken from King Tut’s throne. This is still being made today, and with many variations. It was popular in the French Directoire period under Napoleon.

Do you have a throne? Would you like to have a throne, or would a simple chair suffice? Have you ever wanted to visit the pyramids?


  1. PJ Sharon

    Fascinating, Gail! It reminds me of my dad, who had a throne to rival that of Archie Bunker. No one sat in his ratty, over stuffed recliner with it’s worn arms and saggy bottom. He loved that chair! These days, my throne consists of my office chair, which will most certainly have my butt imprint on it before long:-)

    1. gailingis Post author

      Thanks Paula,
      Some do have thrones they have their names imprinted upon. Virtual imprint. I have back my 30 year old gorgeous gray leather exec throne that has traveled hither and yarn and back home again. I am so pleased to be its owner once more. Imagine if these places of sitting could talk?

  2. Joy Smith

    What great info Gail. I didn’t realize King Tut was so young> I’ve visited the pyramids in Mexico-Chinchinita? (not sure of the spelling), and explored the Mayan Ruins. Fascinating how clever those early settlers were. They are amazing structures.

    1. gailingis Post author

      Hi Joy,
      I once had a hand-painted scene on a wall in my home of a pyramid with gazillion steps in Chichen, Itza. Pulled you right in. Those were the days . . . Imagine having this scenery on a wall in your home? Prior designer daze. It was overwhelming.

  3. Casey Wyatt

    Awesome information Gail! I love all things Egypt. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some very cool Ancient Egyptian museum exhibits (which include King Tut artifacts). Sadly, I’ve never actually visited the country. And YES, I would to see the pyramids. Thank you for teaching me something new today – trabeated construction!

    And to answer your question, I don’t have a throne, but I do claim ownership of the loveseat in the living room. Does that count?

    1. gailingis Post author

      Casey, thanks. Imagine? Having your own throne? Sure, loveseats count if you are in control. Are you? Egyptian design has had a profound influence on us humans that live on this planet. But thrones are hard to come by, especially those covered in gold, the real kind.


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