Painting of Seti I with Ra-Horakhty from the tomb of King Seti I
Detail of painting from the Tomb of Seti I, KV 17 in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes. 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 Re 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.
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