Thutmose IV was the ninth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, ruling from approximately 1417 to 1379 BCE. He was the son of Amenhotep III and Queen Mutemwiya. And was initially appointed as a co-regent with his stepmother, Queen Tiy.

During his reign, Thutmose IV continued the policies of his predecessors. Expanding the Egyptian empire and strengthening the government’s administrative structure. He led successful military campaigns against the Nubians and the Levant, solidifying Egypt’s control over these regions.

Thutmose IV was also a patron of the arts and a builder. And he commissioned numerous works of art and architectural projects. He was particularly into the construction of temples and other monumental structures. And he was responsible for the construction of several important temples throughout Egypt. Including the Temple of Karnak in Thebes and the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri.

Thutmose IV was also famous for his religious reforms, which aimed to restore the traditional religious practices and beliefs of ancient Egypt. He re-established the cult of Amun, which was not necessary during the reign of his father, Amenhotep III, and he made significant contributions to the restoration of the temple of Karnak.

Despite his accomplishments, Thutmose IV’s reign was relatively short-lived, and he was succeeded by his son Amenhotep IV (later known as Akhenaten). Thutmose IV’s legacy as a pharaoh is one of continued expansion and consolidation of the Egyptian empire, as well as his contributions to the arts and religious practices of ancient Egypt.

Head of Thutmose IV wearing the blue crown. 18th Dynasty. State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich.