Category: 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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The beautiful light that penetrates the temple of Seti 1st at Abydos is always special, an “enlightening” experience for us all. #egyptpassion #iregipto #egypt #thegiftsofmindfulness #photography #thisisegypt #light #seti #sohag #ray #sunrays (at Sohag)


The God Anubis enthroned, from the Temple of Ramses the Great at Abydos.

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Temple Palace of Ramesses II Unearthed in Abydos

A temple palace belonging to pharaoh Ramesses II (r. ca. 1279-1213 BC) has been discovered at the Egyptian site of Abydos, north of Luxor.

New York University archaeologists excavating south of the temple uncovered a stone walkway leading to a limestone and mudbrick palace building similar in layout to the nearby palace of Ramesses’ father, Seti I (r. ca. 1290-1279 BC). Read more.


Excavation work carried out in Ramses II’s temple in Abydos, Sohag, has uncovered a new temple palace belonging to the 19th Dynasty king.
The discovery was made by the New York University mission, directed by Sameh Iskander.

“It is a very important discovery which will change, for the first time, the plan of the temple more than 160 years since its discovery,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

He describes the new discovery as “an important contribution to our understanding of the development of the temple palaces during the Ramesside period.”

The location and layout of the palace exhibits a noteworthy parallel to the temple palace of Ramses II’s father Seti I in Abydos some 300 metres to the south. Read more.

Ivory statuette of Khufu

This is the only surviving representation so far known of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Khufu is identifiable here due to his Horus name being preserved on the piece.

He sits on a throne, wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt, and a short kilt. In his right hand, over his chest, he holds a flail, while his left hand rests upon his left knee.

From the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. Ivory, height: 7.5 cm. Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2589-2566 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 36143