Limestone Lintel of Ramses III

Today’s Virtual Museum post features one of the standout artefacts from the British Museum’s touring exhibition ‘Egyptian hieroglyphs: unlock the mystery’. 

The Limestone Lintel of Pharaoh Ramses III, one of nine British Museum objects on display at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, dates from the 20th Dynasty (ca. 1190-1075 B.C.). It features a winged sun-disk with two ‘uraei’ carved in low relief at the top. Two lines of incised hieroglyphs are found underneath which repeat Ramses III’s prenomen and nomen with titles.

Weighing an estimated 215 kilograms, Ramses’ Lintel is by far the largest item in the exhibition. The ‘Egyptian hieroglyphs: unlock the mystery’ exhibition is open now and free to the public.

The Limestone Lintel of Pharaoh Ramses III (ca. 1190-1075 B.C.) British Museum Collection
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