Relief of Haremhab

Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period

Dynasty: Dynasty 18

Reign: reign of Haremhab

Date: ca. 1323–1295 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Bruyère excavations 1935-1940

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: H. 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in); w. 26.6 cm (10 1/2 in); th. 2 cm (13/16 in)

Credit Line: Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966

Accession Number: 66.99.44


Originally dedicated as a votive offering by a private person, this fragment of a stele shows the king Haremhab presenting papyrus umbels to deities who would have been facing him. The king wears the blue or khepresh crown with long streamers. This crown is often worn by kings when they are performing an action such as making an offering. The stele was found in the area of the royal workmen's village at Deir el-Medina at Thebes.

Haremhab was the last pharaoh of Dynasty 18 and was not a member of the royal family, which had included Thutmose III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten, and Tutankhamun. He served as general under Tutankhamun and was perhaps related by marriage to the powerful noble family to which the queens Tiye and Nefertiti belonged. His private tomb, begun before he became pharaoh, was found at Saqqara. His royal tomb was made in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes.