Relief of King Ramesses II Smiting his Enemies

Relief of King Ramesses II Smiting his Enemies. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 46189
Relief of King Ramesses II Smiting his Enemies. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 46189

This block is decorated with a traditional scene representing King Ramesses II massacring his enemies. He wears a complete, elegant costume; the Blue Crown adorned with the uraeus, the collar called Usekh or Wesekh, an elaborate garment, two armlets, two bracelets and sandals.

He holds, in his left hand, three prisoners by their hair while in his right hand he holds an axe with which he is about to strike them. The facial features, the hairstyle and the beards of the enemies indicate that they belong to three different peoples: the Nubians, the Libyans and the Syrians.

The theme of the pharaoh massacring enemies is an ancient one, known since the 1st Dynasty and can be seen, for example, in the palette of King Narmer.

New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, ca. 1279-1213 BC. From Memphis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 46189

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