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Label for King Den's sandals

Height: 4.500 cm
Width: 5.400 cm
Thickness: 0.200 cm

 

EA 55586

Label for King Den's sandals

From: Abydos, Egypt
Date: 1st Dynasty, around 2950 BC

This small piece of ivory is about the size of a matchbox. The picture on it shows King Den, wearing the cobra crown of Egypt, hitting a person from an Eastern country, who has a pointed beard and long hair. The hieroglyphs on the right say 'first occasion of smiting the East'. This could mean that King Den had won a battle against an eastern country.

On the other side of the label is scratched a picture of a pair of sandals. The label may have been attached to the bottom of King Den's sandals so that every time he took a step, he was trampling on his enemies.