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Relief with Head of King Ahmose Wearing the Red Crown

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Ahmose I
ca. 1550–1525 B.C.
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Pyramid Temple of King Ahmose, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations, 1906–07
Limestone, paint
H. 45 cm (17 11/16 in); w. 37 cm (14 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
Ahmose, first king of Dynasty 18 and founder of the New Kingdom, was the son of Seqenenre and brother of Kamose, the last two rulers of Dynasty 17. Continuing the work of his father and brother, he succeeded in driving the Hyksos rulers out of Avaris (modern Tell el-Daba in the Delta and reunited Egypt after Second Intermediate Period. Further campaigns consolidated Egypt's control over Nubia. Like the rulers of Dynasty 11, who reunited Egypt at the beginning of the second millennium B.C., Ahmose was of Theban origin and was buried at Thebes.
This relief of Ahmose wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt comes from his funerary cenotaph at Abydos. Since the Early Dynastic Period (ca. 3100-2649 B.C.), when the first kings of Egypt were buried there, Abydos had been regarded as the tomb of Osiris, god of the afterlife, and both royal and private individuals set up cenotaphs there.
Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1899-1901 and acquired by the EEF from the Egyptian government in the division of finds. Donated by the EEF to the Museum in return for its support, 1906.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 158.

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