Ceremonial Axe of King Ahmose I

The Ceremonial axe of king Ahmose I, the founder of the 18th Dynasty. Decorated with scenes, the king appears in the form of a sphinx, Nekhbet as a vulture over lily as symbol of Upper Egypt, Wadjet as a cobra over papyrus as symbol of Lower Egypt, finally scene “Heh” the god of eternity holds the plant signifying millions of years. This axe was executed to commemorate the liberation of Egypt from the Hyksos.

Ceremonial Axe of King Ahmose I
Ceremonial Axe of King Ahmose I

New Kingdom, early 18th Dynasty, reign of Ahmose I, ca. 1550-1524 BC. Made from copper, gold, electrum, wood and semi-precious stones. Now in the Luxor Museum.

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