The toe of King Akhenaton
, which was stolen in 1907 during an examination of the pharaoh's bones, was returned during a signing ceremony for an agreement with Switzerland over the return of ancient artifacts, the council said.
It is thought that Tutankhamen's father was the pharaoh Akhenaton
, who ruled Egypt for 17 years alongside Queen Nefertiti.
It is generally believed that Tutankhamen's father was Akhenaton
, the pharaoh best remembered for having converted his kingdom to monotheism with the worship of one god, Aton, the god of sun.
Its central figure was the eighteenth-dynasty pharaoh who attempted to substitute the worship of a single god, Aton (the sun), for deeply imbedded polytheism and so called himself Akhenaton
, devotee of the sun.
Pliny's interpretation is supported by the fact that an obelisk casts no shadow when the sun is vertically above and, especially when its pyramidion is capped with electrum, reflected the first and last rays of the sun, or Aten, who tended to be (most exclusively under the monotheistic Akhenaton
) the supreme god.
"In an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding King Tut's family and discover the identity of his father, we find that there are some archeologists who strongly suggest that this is most probably King Akhenaton
," said Dr Hawass.
(One of the world's first feminists, she shunned her destiny as regent and, despite her gender, donned the royal headdress and a fake beard and ruled Egypt for 15 years in the royal line that later produced Akhenaton
A sculptured relief of Akhenaton
and his family (Kleiner, 2009:75), the playful statuettes of a jockey (Richter, 1994:178) and musician (Fleming, 1995:83) from Greek Hellenistic art; the irreverent tugging of dad's toga from a little boy on the Ara Pacis (Kleiner, 2009:257) all date from the pre-Christian era.