Even the Gods on Earth have to pray

I don’t know if you have noticed but Seti I., father of Ramesses the Great is almost always depicted praying and worshiping and that gave me an idea to draw him and his young and beautiful wife, queen Tuya praying as the new day begins to Amon, patron of the gods.
I guess Ramesses and his family are my favorite royal Egyptians! :)

(Also, the first idea was to add their children (Ramesses, Tia and Henutmire), in their teens, praying with them, but I gave up on that idea, cause the pic would be to crowded!)
Ignore the statue of Amon, I actually used an image for it! :D

Hope you like it, I surely do! :)


A quick analysis of a battle scene of Seti I. Exterior north wall, hypostyle hall, Karnak.

Here 19th Dynasty pharaoh Seti I is shown in battle against the Shasu in Canaan, shooting at the chaotic mass of enemies, charging at them on his chariot. In order to free his hands, the reigns have been tied around his waist. A charioteer would have driven the horses in reality, but the effect of the heroic king artistically would have been lessened by the addition of another man in his chariot. And so, the heroic, overbearing figure of Seti looks upon the hopelessly defeated, tiny enemies. The scale of the figures is of course intended to convey relative status -a device used widely in Egyptian art.

The pharaoh is further differentiated by a number of additional elements. He is protected by Nekhbet vulture and the sun disk above him (photo #4). In addition, an animated ankh-sign holds a large fan behind Seti (photo #3). The image of the carnage is conveyed both visually, and by the text, which states that Seti “prevailed over them like a lion, making them into heaps of corpses throughout their valleys.” Like the famous smiting scenes, these battle scenes of pharaohs displayed both their power, and their duty in maintaining order.

Photo taken by kairoinfo4u (cropped). When writing up this post The Art of Ancient Egypt by Gay Robins (The British Museum Press, 2008), was of use.

Egyptian Royal Ushabti of Seti I, New Kingdom, Ramesside Period, 19th Dynasty, Circa 1279 BC

Seti I was the father of Ramesses II (the Great).

The ushabti is depicted mummiform with the arms folded over the chest, wearing a tripartite wig, with six lines of hieroglyphs containing the standard version of chapter six of the Book of the Dead, and cartouches containing the nomen, Seti and prenomen, Menmaatra, of Pharaoh Seti I.

The tomb of Seti I was excavated in the early 19th Century. Many ushabtis from the tomb are now in museum and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum.