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Тhis figurine, discovered in the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, is one of the earliest surviving portraits 'in the round' of an Egyptian king. It cannot be associated with any particular ruler, although there are tombs of a number of kings of the period not far from the Temple.

The king is depicted wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt and a long robe. By emphasizing the stoop of the shoulders the craftsman may have been attempting to portray an aging ruler. The robe, decorated with a fine pattern of diamond shapes enclosed by double lines, is of the distinctive type worn by kings during the sed or Jubilee Festival, celebrated after a ruler had been on the throne for thirty years, and then every three years after that. This figurine may be evidence that this festival was held from the very beginning of the historical period in Egypt.

Ivory statuette of a king


From the Temple of Osiris, Abydos, Egypt
Early Dynastic period, perhaps mid 1st Dynasty (c. 3000 вс)
Ht 8.8 cm
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund (1903)




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