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Before Islam:  Egypt

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Seti and His Son

Seti and His Son

This fragment of a stela shows King Seti I followed by his son Ramesses, later Ramesses II or “Ramesses the Great” (left), and two high officials (right). The King wears traditional royal clothing and carries scepters of kingship. His son stands behind him dressed as a prince and wearing his hair in the sidelock that is characteristic of youth in ancient Egypt. The two high officials are dressed in fashionable elite costumes and are shown at the same scale as the royalty, suggesting, perhaps, that the stela was made in the name of one or both of these men.

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