Pepi I on a throne

Source: Westendorf, Het Oude Egypte, p. 59

This alabaster statue shows Pepi I seated on a throne. The throne itself is very simple and left undecorated, but it is made to resemble the hieroglyph that represents the name of the goddess Isis, mother of Horus.

The king wears the White Crown of Upper-Egypt and a garment that covers his upper body to his knees. This garment is reminiscent of the robe the king wears during the Heb-Sed festival.

In his hands, he holds the crook and the flail, additional signs of his royalty. The falcon seated behind him on the back of his throne represents Horus, the god of kingship. The king is thus shown under the protection of or even as the living embodiment of Horus.

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