Cylinder Inscribed with a King's Name
The faintly incised inscription on this cylinder gives the name of Hetepsekhemwy, the first ruler of Dynasty 2. His name appears within a rectangle, called a serekh, representing a palace facade. The Egyptians identified kings 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, Egypt
- 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)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 53.79
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)