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20 THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY written. He wears the royal head-cloth, a false beard, and a wide collar of beads. The goddess has above her head-cloth of different pattern, a head-dress imitating a vulture with wings drooping, as if in protection,1 but with the uraeus, which was sacred to her, in the place of the vulture's head. On the left of the block is the upper part of another figure of the king belonging to a scene now incomplete. Again he faces to the left, but he wears the crown of Lower Egypt and carries in his right hand a ceremonial fly-flap, of which the pendants only are visible on the edge of the block, and, in his left hand, against his breast, an object shaped at both ends like a swallow's tail, which has been identified with an object occasionally pictured on the interior of coffins of this period, but not as yet understood. The king may have been engaged in a religious dance which was one of the ceremonies of the S<?i-festival commemorating the thirtieth year after a monarch's formal recognition as heir to the throne. In scenes representing this dance the king advances with wide strides and weight resting only on the tips of the toes and he holds the fly-flap and double "swallow's-tail." An experimental drawing continuing the lines of the figure as in the dance made by Mr. Hall proves that there would have been room2 for this scene; but there are other interpretations possible, which cannot be entered into here. Reference has been made to the goddess Wazit as associated with the northern division of the dual monarchy and to the king's crown as that of the North. Probably this relief had originally on the opposite wall a pendant in which the king wore the crown of the South and was promised various blessings by Nekhbit, goddess of the South. Such a scheme, at least, is to be inferred from analogies. Unlike the Old Kingdom portrait of Figure i, these representations of King Se-ankh-ka-re reveal an exalted and ideal beauty. Possibly the small ear, the narrow eye, the delicate nostril, are true to the monarch's appearance; only in the somewhat full lips and large cheek is one reminded of the physical type of the Old Kingdom. The relief has only slight projection and is exquisitely 1 An actual vulture head-dress of gold repousse was found in the excavations in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes which were financed by the late Theodore M. Davis. See The Tomb of Queen Tiyi, PI. XX. 2 The vertical inscription behind the king, to judge by its content, ended slightly below the level of his elbow.