King Shebitqo
Louvre Museum, France

Said to be the head of Shebitqo, found at Memphis
King Shebitqo
25th Dynasty
702-690 B.C.

The king is shown here wearing a close-fitting "Kushite cap" are two uraeus serpents over the brow, whose bodies extend over the skull to the back of the head. A large earring takes the form of a ram's head. One of the two uraei was chiseled out in the reign the Twenty-sixth Dynasty King Psamtek II, in order to align the relief with traditional Egyptian royal costume. The Kushite style of the face was not altered by these modifications.

From the book Sudan: Ancient Kingdoms of the Nile, Dietrich Wildung, 1997, p. 173
Berlin, Agyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung
As soon as he became king, he faced a crisis. The Assyrian kings, in what is now northern Iraq, invaded the lands along the Mediterranean coast with their armies. Shebitqo feared that his own land was threatened, so he immediately joined forces with the kings of Israel and surrounding districts in order to try to stop the Assyrians. Although Shebitqo’s army was unable to defeat the Assyrians, the invaders were forced to withdraw when many of them became sick or died in a plague. This spared Egypt.

Shebitqo probably died in Egypt. He was buried in the ancestral cemetery at el-Kurru, Sudan.
dates approximated
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