King Anlamani and his brother Aspelta were royal descendants of the prominent Kushite rulers that included Taharqa and Piankhy (Piye). Like his predecessors, Anlamani apparently erected one of the stone pillars, known as stelae, that have provided historians and archaeologists with important insights into the inner workings of the Kushite kingdom. Among other things, Anlamani's stele records his progress among the various Nomes, or provinces, of Egypt. Although, as these and other records show, Anlamani kept a watchful eye over the vast territory that was controlled by Kush, he was unable to prevent warfare with the nomadic Blemmyes who inhabited the western desert.

Anlamani's reign was also noteworthy for the role played by the female members of his family. On his stelae, he describes how his mother, the kandake, or queen mother, Nasalsa, attended his royal coronation at Kawa and played a prominent role in royal proceedings. He also describes the importance of his sisters, consecrated priestesses of Amun. According to Anlamani's records, one of the chief responsibilities of these women was to play the sistrum in the holy temples that his predecessors erected at Gebel Barkal in honor of the god Amun.
Colossal statute of King Anlamani; from Kerma-Doukki Gel

Photo from the book The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings of the Nile, by Bonnet & Valbelle (2007)
Kushite King Anlamani
(623-593 B.C.)
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