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Detail of a wooden statue of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II. 12th dynasty. There may have been a hierarchy of beard length among the Upper class people, with the High priests and officials and princes wearing the shortest, and the king the longest.

Detail of a wooden statue of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II. 12th dynasty. There may have been a hierarchy of beard length among the Upper class people, with the High priests and officials and princes wearing the shortest, and the king the longest.

Ramesses III, The murder of Ramesses III revealed: throat slit in harem conspiracy.

Ramesses III, The murder of Ramesses III revealed: throat slit in harem conspiracy.

A strange pharaoh - This statue of the pre-dynastic period may be the first known depiction of a pharaoh. At the time of Nagada (the name of a discovery at the site of Upper Egypt), around 4000 BC. This statue was found in Gebelein, south of Luxor.

A strange pharaoh - This statue of the pre-dynastic period may be the first known depiction of a pharaoh. At the time of Nagada (the name of a discovery at the site of Upper Egypt), around 4000 BC. This statue was found in Gebelein, south of Luxor.

Ancient Egypt: Greek and Roman rule - Ancient Man and His First Civilizations

Ancient Egypt: Greek and Roman rule - Ancient Man and His First Civilizations

’Princess with Nubian wig -  Ankhnesneferibre was the daughter of Psamtik II, a pharaoh of the 26th dynasty (6th century BC), which was based in the Delta town of Saite.

’Princess with Nubian wig - Ankhnesneferibre was the daughter of Psamtik II, a pharaoh of the 26th dynasty (6th century BC), which was based in the Delta town of Saite.

The 'Sekhem" scepter or flabellum that was used to indicate authority or power.   It was often used in rituals and passed over offerings. This particular sekhem scepter comes from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

The 'Sekhem" scepter or flabellum that was used to indicate authority or power. It was often used in rituals and passed over offerings. This particular sekhem scepter comes from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Hathor is considered to be one of Egypt's greatest goddesses, Hathor may possibly have originated in predynastic or early dynastic times, though most of the evidence for her dates to later periods. While she appears infrequently in the Pyramid Texts, She is of great importance in the Coffin Texts and later religious literature and is eventually found in so many contexts that only the most important can be considered here.

Hathor is considered to be one of Egypt's greatest goddesses, Hathor may possibly have originated in predynastic or early dynastic times, though most of the evidence for her dates to later periods. While she appears infrequently in the Pyramid Texts, She is of great importance in the Coffin Texts and later religious literature and is eventually found in so many contexts that only the most important can be considered here.

Amulet of the god Nefertem. Efypt 19th-20th Dynasty (1315-1081 B.C.) or later.

Amulet of the god Nefertem. Efypt 19th-20th Dynasty (1315-1081 B.C.) or later.

Box of cedar wood with ebony veneers and ivory inlays and gilding depicting the god Bes and bearing the cartouches of Amenhotep II: Ancient Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c.1550-1295 BC

Box of cedar wood with ebony veneers and ivory inlays and gilding depicting the god Bes and bearing the cartouches of Amenhotep II: Ancient Egyptian, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c.1550-1295 BC

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