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Part of an ebony oil label: restored from two fragments, with a hole for attachment at the top right-hand corner. The front surface bears an incised inscription, arranged vertically on the left side and in four horizontal registers on the right. These four registers are bordered by a large 'rnpt' hieroglyph, indicating that the text records the events of a particular year. The top register bears a scene of the Sed-festival, showing the king wearing the double crown, running as part of the ritual and seated on a throne in a booth. The meaning of the lower registers is not entirely clear, but they include references to the destruction of a stronghold and the taking of captives.
Length: 8 centimetres
Width: 5.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The second register is duplicated on a fragment of another label, see W. M. F. Petrie, 'Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties' I, pl. XV, 17. For a very similar label, see E. Amélineau, ‘Les Nouvelles Fouilles d’Abydos’ III, (1897-8), pl. XXXVII, 3; P. E. Newberry, ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 34 (London, 1912), 282, fig. E.
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties' I, pls. XI, 14; XV, 16;
F. Legge, ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 29 (London, 1907), pl. opp. p.102, 5;
F. Legge, ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 30 (London, 1908), pl. IIb;
P. E. Newberry, ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 34 (London, 1912), pl. XXXIII, 14;
V. Vikentiev, 'Annales du Service des Antiquitiés de l'Égypte' 56 (1959), 21, fig. 7;
J. Capart, ‘Les Débuts de L’Art, 245, fig. 174;
J. Capart, ‘Primitive Art', 253, fig. 190;
J. Vandier, 'Manuel d'Archeologie egyptienne', I, (2), 853, fig. 570;
W. S. Smith, 'History of Egyptian Sculpture and Painting in the Old Kingdom' (London, 1946), 119, fig. 34.
See also P. Kaplony, 'Die Inschriften der Ägyptischen Frühzeit I (Wiesbaden, 1963), 297-8;
P. Kaplony, 'Die Inschriften der Ägyptischen Frühzeit II (Wiesbaden, 1964), 982, n. 1152, Dwn a, 2;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' V (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 84.
A.J. Spencer, 'Early Egypt: The rise of civilisation in the Nile valley' (London, The British Museum Press, 1993), p. 66, 78;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 38-9.
- On display (G64/dc10)
- Exhibition history
2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , Pharaoh: King of Egypt
- fair (repaired)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Sed festival
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- Egypt and Sudan
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