The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (II)

Statue of King Khasekhrm Photography by Carlos Dorce

Statue of King Khasekhem
Photography by Carlos Dorce

There also is this statue in the Ashmolean Museum. Khasekhem was the last king of the 2nd Dinasty (2850-2700 BC) and he is wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt and is wrapped in a long robe. His right fist is drilled to attach a separate object, perhaps a mace handle or sceptre. The king’s name is inscribed in front of his feet written inside a representation of the palace façade topped by the falcon god Horus. The base of the statue records a military campaign against the northern rebels referring to the inhabitants of the Nile Delta, alongside the bodies of slain enemies, numbered on the front as 47.209:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

There also are some other Egyptian objects in which it’s possible to read the Hieroglific figures. One example is the limestone cornice from a false door in the mastaba of Sheri, overseer of mortuary priests tending the cults of the 2nd Dynasty Kings Sened and Persibsen (c.2700 BC):

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Framed between two facades, Sheri and his wife Kentyetka are seated at a table laden with food offerings and we can see four numbers “1.000” below it:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Finally, there is a set of funerary stelae in which can be noticed some Egyptian figures:

Photography of Carlos Dorce

Photography of Carlos Dorce

For example, look at this limestone stela (c.1200 BC) of the Lector Priest Dedusobek, official of the pyramid and town of Senwosret II at Lahun. Dedusobek and his father Menkau are each seated before a table of offerings. You can see two set of four number “1.000” over the table:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (map)

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