2014/10/15

Birds in the Marshes

This relief was discovered in the funerary temple of King Userkaf. It depicts a flock of birds in papyrus marshes.  The relief was painted and engraved with very fine details. Several kingfishers hover in the air. A green kingfisher is perched on a flower.

 Birds in the Marshes


A hoopoe, a crested bird with black and white wing patterns, is facing a purple gallinule, a fairly large, duck-like waterbird with short wings and a short tail.

Butterflies and an ibis, a large bird of the Nile, with his long curved beak, are portrayed in the relief. We can see also the head of a bittern, a medium-sized, and usually secretive heron.

king Horemheb offering incense

Fragment of a sandstone relief showing the head and shoulders of Horemheb, the king is offering incense in a long-handled censer.

king Horemheb offering incense


Before the king are his nomen and prenomen in cartouches, above is a protective formula and the wings of the goddess Nekhbet. The king wears the blue crown, also named war or 'Khepresh' crown.