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Egyptian Gallery - Room 4

Pharaoh Tarhaqa (EA 1779) - (3 of 3)

This statue shows Pharoah Tarhaqa being protected by a ram, the god Amum. Tarhaqa, known as Tirhakah in the Bible, supported Hezekiah against Sennacherib of Assyria during the siege of Jerusalem in 701 BC, even though Isaiah exhorted Hezekiah not to trust in Egypt, but in the Lord (Is 28 - 34)

When the king (Sennacherib) had heard concerning King Tirhakah of Ethiopia,
See he has set out to fight against you.
(2 Kg 19:9, Is 37:9)

Oh, rebellious children ...
who set out to go down to Egypt without asking for my counsel,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh (Tirhakah)
and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt
(Is 30:1-2)

Alas for those who go down to Egypt for help
and who rely on horses ...
(Is 31:1)