Category: pharaoh

Lid of a canopus vase, head of Tutankhamun (…

Lid of a canopus vase, head of Tutankhamun (alabaster). Reign of Tutankhamun. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1332-1323 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Profile of the pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Profile of the pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

The smaller copper statue of Pepi I Meryre, ca…

The smaller copper statue of Pepi I Meryre, ca. 1900

Pepi I Meryre (reigned 2332–2287 BC) was the third king of the Sixth dynasty of Egypt.

Copper statue of Pepi I or perhaps his son Merenra Nemtyemsaf I, from Hierakonpolis. Photograph Onbekend

“Interestingly, images of Hatshepsut as quee…

“Interestingly, images of Hatshepsut as queen – from before her claim to the throne – were left untouched. Only reliefs and statuary that supported the presumption of her kingship were revised. Thutmose III was attacking only Hatshepsut’s kingly ambitions and actions, not her soul as a woman or a human being. In fact, he seems to have been content to coexist with her depictions as God’s Wife, King’s Daughter, and King’s Wife. But portraits and texts showing her as king caused him grief, enough to create an ideological purge twenty-five years after her death.”

The Woman Who Would Be King, by Kara Cooney

Solid gold coffin of King Tutankhamun (ca. 1…

Solid gold coffin of King Tutankhamun (ca. 1332-1323 BC), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

“Pharaoh Seti I ruled Egypt for only 11 years …

“Pharaoh Seti I ruled Egypt for only 11 years (1290-1279 BC), but his reign marked a revival of Egyptian military and economic power, as well as cultural and religious life. Seti was born the son of a military officer in northern Egypt, far from the halls of power in Memphis and Thebes. However, when the last king of the 18th Dynasty, Horemheb, died without an heir, Seti’s father was named king. He ruled for only two years before dying of old age, leaving Seti in charge of an ailing superpower. 

Seti set about rebuilding Egypt after a century of dynastic struggles and religious unrest. He reasserted Egypt’s might with a series of campaigns across the Levant, Libya and Nubia. He despatched expeditions to mine for copper, gold, and quarry for stone in the deserts, laying the foundations for one of the most ambitious building projects of any Egyptian Pharaoh and his actions allowed his son, Ramesses the Great to rule in relative peace and stability for 69 years, building on the legacy of his father.”

― Pharaoh Seti I: Father of Egyptian Greatness, by Nicky Nielsen

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Colossal statue of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel…

Colossal statue of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel, 1850

Maxime Du Camp (French, 1822-1894)

A bust of the 18th dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten (…

A bust of the 18th dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten (also known as Amenhotep IV). Now in the National Museum in Alexandria.

Mummified body of king Seti I (ca.1323-1279 BC…

Mummified body of king Seti I (ca.1323-1279 BC), the son of Ramesses I, and the father of Ramesses II. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Polychrome relief of the warrior king Thutmose…

Polychrome relief of the warrior king Thutmose III (1479-1425 BC) wearing the Atef crown and false beard, from Deir el-Bahari. Now in the Luxor Museum.