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Object Number: E6878
Current Location: Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Egypt
Locus: Tomb Q (Tomb of King Ka'a, east side, over chamber 3)
Period: Egyptian Early Dynastic
First Dynasty
Date Made: 3000 - 2800 BC
Early Date: -3001
Late Date: -2799
Height: 148cm
Width: 41cm
Depth: 24cm
Credit Line:Distribution from the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1900
Other NumberAES 1695 - Original Number


Stela of King Qa'a of black quartzite inscribed with the Horus name of the King. This stela is decorated with a serekh (a rectangle with paneled lower half) surmounted by an image of the falcon god Horus. The Horus-name was the oldest element of the pharaoh’s titulary and associated him with the falcon god. The two large pieces of this stela were discovered at Abydos during separate excavations of the Early Dynastic royal cemetery. The fragments were reunited at Penn Museum in 1903.


[Book] Wegner, Josef W. & Wegner, Jennifer H. 2015. The Sphinx That Traveled To Philadelphia. 239. : Page/Fig./Plate: 204/8.19View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Wegner, Jennifer H. 2014. Hidden Treasures: Abydos in the Basement. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 56 (1): 42-51. : Page/Fig./Plate: 44, fig.2View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Thomas, Nancy. The American Discovery of Ancient Egypt. : Page/Fig./Plate: 117/32View Objects cited in this Publication

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