Statue Base of Ramesses II



The major part of an Egyptian alabaster rectangular base of a statue of Ramesses II, inscribed in hieroglyphs on three sides. On two sides the name and titulary of the king have been carved above figures of bound captives representing the 'Nine Bows', traditional enemies of Egypt, and other provinces. On the front of the block are the cartouches of Ramesses II flanked by his Horus names, the vulture goddess Nekhbet of Upper Egypt offers the ankh-sign of life on one side, on the opposite side the cobra goddess Wadjet of Lower Egypt does the same. The enemies of Ramesses are listed as the Haut-Nebu, Shat, Upper Egypt, Sekhet Iam, Lower Egypt, Pedjtie-shu, Tjehenu, Iwntiw-seti, Mentiw of Asia and the wretched Hatti. Recorded as being from el Sheikh Abada (in Roman times called Antinoopolis).