About this object

A large fragment from a limestone temple wall relief showing royal children taking part in the procession celebrating a royal jubilee of Ramesses II ('heb sed' festival). At the top all that remains of two kneeling figures is the legs, around them yellow pigment is still visible. In the centre are six vertical columns of text and below this are three more figures. In the middle is a male figure, wearing a sidelock, short, curled wig and collar, with two female figures, his sisters, on either side. The female on the left wears a papyrus plant on her headdress, the one on the right carries a large sistrum.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Herakleopolis
  • Date made
    1279 BC - 1213 BC (reign of Ramesses II) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1904
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Herakleopolis
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    760 mm x 790 mm x 220 mm x 158 kg
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Ehnasya 1904

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1905
    Description: Publication Egypt Exploration Fund excavations at Herakleopolis (Ehnasya) in 1904 directed by Flinders Petrie. With a chapter by C. T. Currelly.


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Herakleopolis 1904

    Start date: 1904
    End date: 1904
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at Herakleopolis (Heracleopolis Magna, Ehnasya) in 1904 for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The temple was also excavated by Naville in 1891. The museum subscribed to the 1904 excavations and received 7 finds that were accessioned on 13 October 1904, accession series Find out more about the site on the University College London website: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/ehnasya/index.html


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: 1904
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904-10-13
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Matthew Flinders Petrie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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