“Temple of Millions of Years” of King Ramses III at west ‘Uaset’-Thebes, detail from one of the pillars of the Second Court: the God Upuaut of Upper Egypt, jackal/wolf-headed (His name is written in the first row of hieroglyphs at right)
pouring water on the altar with the ḥs-vase (topped by a falcon-head with the Solar disk). Detail from the west wall of the Bark Shrine of King Ramses II in the “Temple of Millions of Years” of King Ramses III at west ‘Uaset’-Thebes
He received the throne from his father, Ramesses III, and was by then middle-aged. He had been crown prince for 10 years, after his 4 older brothers died.
Ramesses IV came to the throne in difficult circumstances. A plot by one of his father’s secondary wives, Tiye, to establish her own son, Pentawer, on the throne led to an assassination attempt on Ramesses III. The king was badly wounded, and died soon after. Ramesses IV, however, was able to secure himself on the throne, and had the conspirators arrested and executed.
He was an active builder during his short reign.
He started building two temples near Thebes, and completed the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak. He also built an inferior funerary temple near his father’s (Medinet Habu).
Despite Ramesses IV’s many endeavours for the gods and his prayer to Osiris - preserved on a stela at Abydos - that “thou shalt give me the great age with a long reign as my predecessor”, the king did not live long enough to accomplish his ambitious goals.
He died after only 6 years in power.