Soul of Nekhen

This figure is identified as King Amenhotep III. Grey granite, from Karnak. Nekhen (Greek Hierakonpolis) was the Upper Egyptian center of the worship of the god Horus, whose successors the Egyptian kings were thought to be. The Souls of Pe and Nekhen, mentioned first in the Pyramid Texts, refer to the ancestors of the ancient Egyptian kings.

Statue of the ‘Ba of Nekhen’ seated, making the henu-gesture, detail.
Statue of the ‘Ba of Nekhen’ seated, making the henu-gesture, detail
Statue of the ‘Ba of Nekhen’ seated, making the henu-gesture, detail.
Statue of the ‘Ba of Nekhen’ seated, making the henu-gesture, detail

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391-1353 BC.  Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 41210