egypt-museum: King Den Striking Down Asiatic T…


King Den Striking Down Asiatic Tribesman

Ivory label

originally attached to a pair of royal sandals,

found at his tomb in Abydos, showing the king Den with an upraised mace, about to strike a captive. The king’s name is written before him, in the center of the top of the label. 

He wears a bull’s tail, symbolic of fertility and ferocious power. Instead of a crown, however, Den wears an archaic version of a royal headdress, with the rearing neck and head of a royal uraeus cobra at his forehead.

That the enemy is an Easterner is indicated by his long locks and pointed beard, which resemble those on later depictions of Asiatic foes

with the inscription “The first occasion of smiting the East”. 

Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, around 3000 BC. Now in the British Museum. EA 55586