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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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OfficerMark Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent! A lovely way to illustrate the fact that LGBT people have loved one another in every generation and every age since the beginning of time.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me smile ^w^
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Great series! Thanks for representing couples from around the world.
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! <3
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Semantot Featured By Owner 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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38020 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Would you be offended if called this "Queens throughout History"?
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Fari-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
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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Alphajoy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
This series is sensational! :D
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MariaMjolnir Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
That's just incredible *___*
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miasaki666 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
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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LaternBearer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Lovely.
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Vesperyan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I've never seen them depicted like this! It's gorgeous!
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Daaakota Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Amazing! A history lesson and a great picture!
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rueyeet Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
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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trexmaster Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Very nice. They look kind of African-American here.
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Emma888 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Wow, it must have taken you time to draw all that stuff on those columns, haha. I like the details :). Also, the history is very interesting.
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It was important for me to depict Egyptian art as lush and elaborate. We are so used to seeing the ancient ruins with all the paint worn off, it's easy to forget that these people had color back then! :)
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Tailbone Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student General Artist
Sorry about the spam favorites! I just loved these all so much and felt that I could not possibly choose one or two among them. The art is incredible and the historical knowledge combined with such powerful messages is quite awe inspiring.

You've done an incredible job - this and your Homophobe Field Guide are just absolutely awesome. A lot more people need to see them.
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate all the favorites!
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