Set Gives Life: Stela of Thutmose I by Aakheperure
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Based on relief of the god Set giving life to the king’s Serekh or Horus name (and thereby his person and office) that was found in Set’s cult centre of Naqada (Nubt) – the name of which appears twice (just above Set’s head) It belongs to Thutmose I whose Cartouche names him as Aakheperkare – (Great is the Spirit of Ra) King of the Two Lands, Given Life, the Beloved of Ma’at, Son of Ra. The hieroglyph for the sky is supported by Was sceptres, symbolic of dominion. It is said that the dead may ascend to the Heavens using Set’s Ladder. Set was god of Upper Egypt, and his presence in a relief assists a king in validating his position as ruler of all Egypt. Set’s favour was courted by a number of 18th Dynasty rulers, including Hatshepsut.
This relief appears to have suffered considerable damage, since its discovery, I have used the Petrie version (Petrie/Quibell 1896: 67-68, pl. LXXVII), but had to make alterations as the image was skewed. My second attempt.
Date: 2012
Media: China ink, Sennelier ink (and paint fill in) on papyrus, William Mitchell pedigree roundhand Nr 5 nib

Great are the Manifestations of Ra
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Studying Egyptology: University of Manchester

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  • Donna Huntriss
    Donna Huntrissalmost 3 years ago

    AWESOME inkwork! Cool!

  • This is actually the second attempt, as the ink decided it wanted to be in rather large round puddles on the first version, and all the black decided to crumble off!

    – Aakheperure

  • fototaker
    fototakeralmost 3 years ago

    wow, this brings back memories of my short visit to Cairo over a few decades ago, and seeing all the beautiful art and historic monuments. thanks for the memories! great piece of art!

  • Thank you for your positive comments. I’m pleased you liked this duotone work.

    – Aakheperure

  • trobe
    trobeover 2 years ago


    You’re a runner up in our January challenge. Well Done!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Aakheperure

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