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Cylinder Inscribed with a King's Name

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The faintly incised inscription on this cylinder gives the name of Hetepsekhemwy, the first ruler of the Second Dynasty. His name appears within a rectangle, called a serekh, representing a palace facade. Kings were associated with the celestial falcon god Horus. Here this idea is shown through the bird’s figure perched atop the facade.
MEDIUM Bone
  • Place Collected: Helwan
  • DATES ca. 2800-2780 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY II Dynasty
    PERIOD early Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/4 x Diam. 1 5/16 in. (5.7 x 3.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 53.79
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Cylinder Inscribed with a King's Name, ca. 2800-2780 B.C.E. Bone, 2 1/4 x Diam. 1 5/16 in. (5.7 x 3.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 53.79. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.79_view1_bw_SL1.jpg)
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