Stele of
King Qahedjet

Dynasty 3   (~ 2.600 BC)

This stele of unknown provenance was bought on the antiques mar-ket 1967 by the Louvre Museum.
It shows the standing king in the tall white crown of Upper Egypt - the so called Hedjet.
He is embraced by the falcon god Horus (or Hor) from Hierakonpolis, who was the personal sign for the kings as well.
Within his serek (square at right above his head) is nothing but his crown and the king (thought to be Qa) was from now on (the late 1960s) also given a double name: Qahedjet.
By this he is the first known pha-raoh to have more than one Horus name (within a serek).
The hieroglyphic signs are very few (just six) on this pinkish slab of limestone, and thus Qa has been identified purely on stylistic grounds. A few scientists identify this relief as being king Huni, the next pharaoh to be.
Its measures are: height: 50.5 cm, width: 31 cm and depth: 2.8 cm.