Sandal Ivory Label of Pharaoh Den

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 25 September 2016

One of the Egyptian king's principal duties was to defend and expand the borders of Egypt. This ivory label, once tied to a pair of sandals, depicts king Den smiting a foreigner from the east. Rock carvings of Den near the turquoise mines of Sinai show the same scene, proving this label celebrates an actual military and mining expedition. Demonstrations of strength were required before a Sed festival. From the tomb of Den at Abydos, Egypt. First Dynasty of Egypt, 30th century BCE. (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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