Palm-leaf Column of Ramesses II from Herakleopolis

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 26 July 2016

This column is from a temple primarily dedicated to he dam god Heryshef of Herakleopolis. Ramesses II is twice shown making offerings to a local form of Osiris. The god wears his typical feather crown but is in a kilt not his usual mummy form. Vertical texts further up and down display cartouches with Ramesses' throne and birth names. Those of his son Merenptah, who was already old when he inherited the throne, were hurriedly added in extant spaces near the bottom. 19th Dynasty, reigns of Ramesses II (1279-1213 BCE) and Merenptah (1213-1203 BCE). From Herakleopolis (Ihnasya el-Madina), temple of Heryshef, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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