From: Egypt | Memphis (Egypt)
Curatorial Section: Egyptian
|Current Location||Collections Storage|
|Provenience||Egypt | Memphis (Egypt)|
|Locus||Palace of Merenptah Rm 14 West Door|
|Period||New Kingdom | Nineteenth Dynasty|
|Date Made||1213-1204 BCE|
|Iconography||King | Merneptah | Smiting | Enemy | Lioness|
King Merenptah is shown in a smiting pose defeating Asiatic enemies. The lioness bounds forward to assist. The King is flanked by an anthropomorphic standard bearing a hieroglyphic text. Before the king are 2 columns of text with his names in cartouches. Above the smiting scene are the ends of two columns of large hieroglyphs. The king wears the crown of upper and lower Egypt. The scene is historical, for Merenptah's armies fought in the Levant, but also symbolic. It represents the royal ideology of pharaoh dominant over all foreigners and provides magical protection against supernatural evil that might enter through the side doorway in which the jamb was set.
|Credit Line||The Eckley B. Coxe Jr. Expedition to Mit-Rahineh (Memphis), Egypt; Clarence Stanley Fisher, 1915|
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