Triad OF Mycerinus(Triad of Menkaure)

Triad OF Mycerinus

Triad OF Mycerinus,mn kAw ra means Stable are the Souls of God Ra. King Mycerinus was one of the kings of the 4th Dynasty, Old kingdom. He is the builder of the smallest pyramid at Giza plateau. In 1908 the Harvard/Boston expedition had found more than one of these triads in the valley temple of king Mycerinus. Three of these triads are exhibited at the Egyptian Antiquity Museum in Cairo. There are two more at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Triad OF Mycerinus..
Triad OF Mycerinus..

Triad OF Mycerinus

They all include king Myncerinus in the Middle and Goddess Hathor on his right side plus a different personification of the provinces of Egypt. It is thought that maybe there might have been 30 triads for the 30 provinces of the Old kingdom times. The triad is made out of one block of Schist. This triad shows king Mycerinus wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt.for more

All the face features are very well represented, especially the details of the muscles, the chest, the arms, the knees, and the legs. He is wearing all the signs of royalty like the Crown, the pleated kilt (Sndid) and he holds on the royal seal.

Males during Ancient Egytian times were usually represented with their left leg forward, and there are different theories about this such as:

1- A military march.

2- A step toward the next life .

3- A step forward with the heavy side of the body that contains the heart.

On his right side you can see an identification of goddess Hathor. She is the Goddess of love, Music, beauty, joy and maternity. Her name in the Ancient Egyptian Language is Hwt-Hr which means the house of Horus. Her titles are “mistress of the Palace of sycamore” which is nbt-nHt in A.E.language.

She is either represented as a full cow or a lady with two horns and a sun disk in the middle, over her head. She wears a tight dress that shows the curves of her body.

As you can see she is supporting and protecting the king by touching his arm. On the king’s left side we can see a personification of a lady wearing an emblem of a jackal on top of her head. She’s the patron goddess of the 17 th nome of Upper Egypt. Both feminine figures are represented wearing long tight dresses that show the curves of their body in a beautiful way.

This masterpiece of the royal sculpture in the Old Kingdom shows clearly the substantial anatomical knowledge of the artist, and his ability in polishing hard stones with complete perfection.

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The inscription on the base says:

 Left side: 

1- nsw bity (mn kAw ra)

King of upper and Lower Egypt, (mn-kAw-ra) 

2+3- mry Hwt-Hr nbt nHt 

Beloved of Goddess Hathor, the mistress of the Palace of Sycamore.

Right side: 

4- Dd r di.nn.k xt nb nfrt 

Word said they gave to you every good thing

 5- imyt Htpt tAw nbt rsyt 

Among the Lands of the South 

6- xa im nswt bity Dt

 The shining of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt for Eternity. 

Word said they gave to you every good thing, among the Lands of the South. Shining of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt for Eternity.

Triad OF Mycerinus
Triad OF Mycerinus

mn kAw ra means Stable are the Souls of God Ra. King Mycerinus was one of the kings of the 4th Dynasty, Old kingdom. He is the builder of the smallest pyramid at Giza plateau. In 1908 the Harvard/Boston expedition had found more than one of these triads in the valley temple of king Mycerinus. menkawra

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