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 × W. 26.6 × Th. 2 cm (10 1/16 in. × 10 1/2 in. × 13/16 in.)

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

Accession Number: 66.99.44


This fragment from the top right of a large stela (commemorative slab) shows King Haremhab wearing the helmetlike “blue” crown of Egyptian rulers. From it emerge four streamers that flow over his back. He is presenting papyrus plants to deities, who would have appeared at left. Behind the king, an inscription (as restored) reads: “May the protection of all life be behind him forever.”