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Set Gives Life: Stela of Thutmose I

Aakheperure

Bangalee, Australia

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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

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