Egyptian Ramesses Ramses smiting Enemies Battle of Kadesh 9.5" www.Neo-Mfg.com Museum Reproduction
SIZE: 9.5" Wide x 4.75" Tall
The Battle of Kadesh, the Great Hypostyle Hall, the Great Temple of Ramesses II in Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt.
Reliefs on the walls show the bravery of the pharaoh in battle, marching on his enemies and massacring them before the gods.
In the north wall is a representation of the famous Battle of Kadesh (c. 1274 bc) where it is now Syria, in which Ramses inspired his demoralized army to win the battle against the Hittites.
The scene is dominated by a famous relief of Ramsés in his carriage, throwing arrows at fleeing enemies. Also visible is the Egyptian camp, walled by the shields of the soldiers, and the fortified city Hitita, circumscribed by the river Orontes.
Ramesses II smiting his enemies comes from Ramesses II’s temple at Abu Simbel.
Evidence shows this temple was completed during the lifetime of Ramesses II.
This particular scene shows Ramesses II smiting his enemies while Amen-Re favorably looks on (Spalinger, 86-87).
In this scene, Ramesses II again has many foes grasped in his hand. Ramesses II is now leaning forward and in the position that is associated with ultimate triumph.
He is depicted in the final moment right before he becomes victorious.
Like smiting images that came before, he is holding a mace with his other hand, ready to come down and finish off his enemies.
Again, this image contrasts the USC terracotta in that it shows the king in a position that implies movement to the final triumph where as the USC terracotta shows a stationary king.
This image is one of several smiting images, all of which depict Ramesses II, at the temple at Abu Simbel. This temple is a monument to the military accomplishments of Ramesses II. It contains scenes of his prowess in battle, as shown in the smiting scenes, and other scenes that illustrate his leadership, with emphasis on his victories (Spalinger, 85).
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