Detail of the Screen Slab of King Nectanebo I

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 24 July 2016

This detail shows the cobra goddess Wadjyt empowering king Nectanebo I, who is represented by his Horus name and cartouches. A pharaoh had five official names; this panel, shows the most important three. The Horus name identifies the king as the embodiment of Horus, the god of kingship. It is written inside a frame representing a palace, with Horus as a falcon perched on top. Wadjyt, the cobra goddess of Lower Egypt, extends to Horus an emblem of power. The king's throne name and birth name are conventionally encircled by the co-called "cartouches".
This slab enclosed a sacred spot in the temple of Atum, a creator god, Heliopolis. King Nectanebo I is shown kneeling and making offerings. In this scene, he presents a loaf of bread. 30th Dynasty, reign of Nectanebo I, 380-360 BCE. Found in Alexandria, Egypt; originally from the temple of Atum at Heliopolis, 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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