Representation of the King in the Henu Praise on the Egyptian Temples During the Graeco-Roman Period

Document Type : Original Article


Associate professor, Faculty of Tourism & Hotels, Alexandria University, Egypt


The souls of Pe and Nekhen used to be depicted in the Henu posture. It is done by striking the chest with a fest while raising the other arm, while kneeling on one knee. This praise was done to greet the new-born sun or celebrate the animated soul of the king during "the recitation of Glorifications" ritual. The king was represented in the Henu posture during the Pharaonic period in the tombs. However, he was rarely represented in this posture on the walls of the temples. In the late period, statues of the kings in this posture appeared. During the Graeco-Roman period, the king was more frequently represented in this posture on the walls of the temples, precisely on the doors and windows. It could be an imitation of the souls of Pe and Nekhen that used to be represented flanking the doors the mortuary temples of the Old Kingdom.