Label of a vessel with the name of King Hor Aha (Menes). Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, ca. 3030–3000 B. C.

Ivory
L. 4,3 cm; w. 2,5 cm; th. 0,2
Provenance: Abydos
I.1.а 4662
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The most ancient literary text in the collection of the State Museum of Fine Arts is a label with the name
of King Hor-Aha (Hor the Fighter) from the 1st dynasty. A label is a small flat ivory plate that was
attached to a sacrificial vessel in a tomb and contained the king's name, geographical name, or the names
of the king's estates.
A label from the tomb of Hor-Aha has an inscription "Hor the Fighter with a merciful heart". Many
scientists believe that Hor-Aha was the legendary King Menes that unified Upper and Lower Egypt.

  • Ivory
    L. 4,3 cm; w. 2,5 cm; th. 0,2
  • At the PMFA since 1911
    Provenance: Abydos
  • I.1.а 4662
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