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Accession Number:1969W3638
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt


This plaque is carved with a cartouche containing one of the names of pharaoh Ramesses II. Egyptian kings had five official names.Royal names were written inside cartouches which depict loops made up of a coil of rope with the ends tied together and arranged to form a straight line at one end. They perhaps symbolise the king as being ruler of everything which the sun encircles. Ramesses II was one of the longest reigning pharaohs. He had many colossal statues of himself carved and built many temples including the two at Abu Simbel. He fought the Hittites at the battle of Kadesh.

Presented by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust, 1969.

Further Information

Reign:King Ramesses II
Production Period:New Kingdom
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:110 mm
Width:70 mm
Depth:15 mm