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Horemheb succeeded Ay as pharaoh upon the old man's death. Again little is known of his origins, although he was commander of the army under Akhenaten and possibly a claimant to the throne when Ay became Pharaoh. He portrayed himself as the restorer of the old order, usurping monuments of Tutankhamun and Ay.
In later king lists Horemheb is given as the successor to Amenhophis III missing out the Amarna bloodline completely.

The photo is of Horemheb offering to the god Atum from the Luxor temple cachette.

  This unusual figure, from the British Museum, is thought to have originated in the tomb of Horemheb in the Valley of the Kings. It shows a Turtle headed god with his head turned to one side. The museum suggests that this may represent the god turning to confront some aggressor.

This is another statue thought to have originated in Horemheb's tomb. It again shows a god turning to look over his shoulder, this time with an antelope type head.

Both these figures are made from wood covered with plaster and painted black. Although they are in poorish condition after being discarded as worthless by the ancient tomb robbers they are still impressive pieces and one of my highlights from the recently redesigned British Museum Egyptian gallery.