Category: relief

Relief of Ramesses II Detail of a relief depi…

Relief of Ramesses II

Detail of a relief depicting head of Ramesses II wearing khepresh, the blue crown or war crown. As with many other royal crowns, a uraeus (cobra) was hooked to the front of the khepresh. Temple of Luxor.

Portrayal of Nubian wrestlers Relief depictin…

Portrayal of Nubian wrestlers

Relief depicting Nubian wrestlers,

five men marching together,

with the last man carrying a standard which has two wrestlers on it. The sticks that the first four Nubians brandished were used in a dueling competition. Depictions of stick fighting and wrestling competitions often appear together, implying that the same people participated in both events.

While it is known that the Egyptians recruited Nubian archers into their army, perhaps this picture implies that Nubian wrestlers were also highly esteemed by the Egyptians.

Detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of Tjanuny

(TT74), Royal Scribe, and Commander of Soldiers during the

reign of Thutmose III. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1479-1425 BC. Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, West Thebes.

Daily life scene Relief depicting a man milkin…

Daily life scene 

Relief depicting a man milking a cow, detail of a wall carving from the Mastaba of Kagemni. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty,

reign of king Teti, ca. 2345-2333 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Coptic Cross, Philae

Coptic Cross, Philae

Relief of a coptic cross on head of a goddess, detail from first pylon at the Temple of Isis, Agilkia Island.

Image of Hathor as a cow

Image of Hathor as a cow

Relief depicting Hatshepsut seated before goddess Hathor in the form of a cow, detail of a wall carving from the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el-Bahari.

Relief of Ramesses I

Relief of Ramesses I

Relief depicting Ramesses I, founder of the 19th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, father of Seti I and grandfather of Ramesses II.

Detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of Ramesses I (KV16). New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses I, ca. 1292-1290 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Relief of Mentuhotep II

Relief of Mentuhotep II

Painted limestone relief of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II. From Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Mortuary Temple of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II. 1904: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund. Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty, reign of Mentuhotep II, ca. 2061-2010 BC. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Beneath the Temple of Hathor at Dendera R…

Beneath the Temple of Hathor at Dendera

Reliefs decorating the walls of one of the underground crypts at the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. 

During the festival of the New Year the ba of Hathor would emerge from the crypt beneath the temple and be carried up the western staircase to the roof to a kiosk in the southwest corner so that she could await the first light of the dawn of the New Year and symbolically merge with the sun.

Sobek and Haroeris Relief depicting the cro…

Sobek and Haroeris

Relief depicting the crocodile-headed god Sobek and Haroeris

(“Horus the Elder”). Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Detail of a wall carving at the Double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo.

Relief study of King Akhenaten The so-cal…

Relief study of King Akhenaten

The so-called ‘excessive’ style at the beginning of the Amarna period is especially obvious with this small relief study. The thin face, heavy eyelids over narrow, slightly slanting eyes, long, hanging chin, long nose, emphasized nasolabial folds, full lips as well as the forward curve of the neck all characterize the early representations of king Akhenaten. The contrast between soft and sharp forms, weak and strong contours of the face have been excellently captured by the artist.

New Kingdom, Amarna Period, 18th Dynasty,

reign of Akhenaten,

ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.