Category: abydos

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Encounter during my stay in Abydos, in the temple of Ramses II.


Funeral Bed of Osiris

Osiris on his funeral bed inscribed with the name of king Djedkheperew. The sculpture was tentatively attributed to another 13th Dynasty king, Khendjer, but examinations of the inscriptions proved that it originally bore the name of Djedkheperew.

Middle Kingdom, 13th Dynasty, reign of Djedkheperew ca. 1772-1770 BC. Black basalt,

found in the tomb of the 1st Dynasty king Djer at Abydos. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

JE 32090

Khnum, Pharaoh Seti I, and Amun- Abydos


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


Sealed vase with gold foil cover

This dolomite vessel was discovered in king Khasekhemwy’s tomb V at Abydos west of chamber 24. The top is covered with a thin layer of gold leaf, sealing the vessel. It represents vessel used in life, but was intended to last for eternity and so was made from materials that would not degrade over time.

Early Dynastic Period, 2nd Dynasty, around 2690 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 34942


“Great Temple” of King Sethi I at Abydos,
Inner Shrine of the God Amon-Ra, south-east wall, upper register:
detail of the enshrined sacred barque of the Goddess Mut.
From left to right, an image of the King offering bouquets of flowers, the prow’s finial with the head of the Goddess Mut wearing the Double Crown, the God Upuaut in His form of sphinx upon a standard, two images of the King making offerings, a large fan, and the shrine where is housed the cult statue of the Goddess flanked by two images of the King

The Abydos King List is a trove of information, preserving the identities of 76 kings of ancient Egypt: undefined


Amon-Ra, wearing the Two Feathers Crown.
“Great Temple” of King Sethi I at Abydos,
detail from the south-east wall of the Inner Shrine of Amon-Ra
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