The goddess Iousas is giving pharaoh Seti I the breath of life, in the form of an “ankh” sign (symbolizing life) flanked by two “was” sceptres (symbols for prosperity).
Iousas was associated with the creator god Atum. Her nickname “The Hand of Atum”
This relief shows Isis caressing pharaoh Seti I as a child. She says to him: “You are my son, you have come forth from me, I have nursed you, in order to be Ruler of the Two Lands.” Sitting in the lap of Isis, Seti has taken the role of Horus, Isis’ child.
Behind the pharaoh we see his Horus name (Powerful Bull in Thebes), written within a rectangle (a “serekh”) on which a falcon is perched. The rectangle is held by Seti’s “ka” (life force) which is depicted as the hieroglyph for ka (two upraised arms) in an anthropomorphic form: below the hieroglyph two arms appear, one of which holds a standard. The standard is topped by a pharaoh’s head and another ka hieroglyph.
The relief is located on the west wall of the Second Hypostyle Hall of the Seti I Temple at Abydos, between the entrances of the Chapel of Amun-Ra and the Chapel of Osiris. For a wider view see pictures 29865 and 64.
The Seti Temple at Abydos was begun by Seti I and completed by his son Ramses II in the 13th century BC. Photo Mick Palarczyk.