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From A Secret Voyage by Zahi Hawass and Sandro Vannini

KV17 – Tomb of Seti I – The King and Ra Horakhty – Painting from the tomb of King Seti I, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty – King’s Valley 17, Western Thebes, Valley of the Kings – Horus ranked among the most important gods of the ancient Egyptians. He was son of the goddess Isis and the god Osiris, Lord of the Netherworld. From ancient times, Horus symbolized Kingship and every King of Egypt was the earthly incarnation of the god’s ka. One of the five royal names, which each King adopted on his ascension, was the Horus name, written in a serekh with a falcon on top. During the New Kingdom, the god Horus united with the god Ra and became known as Ra-Horakhty. In this detail from the tomb of Seti I, the god Ra-Horakhty is depicted with his falcon head and the sun disc on his head, embracing the King who is wearing the nemes headdress and the royal false beard.

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