Kom el-Sultan

By the Editors of the Madain Project

The area now known as Kom El Sultan is located near Abydos, in Egypt. It is a big mudbrick structure, the purpose of which is not clear and thought to have been at the original settlement area, dated to the Early Dynastic Period.

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Much of the original settlement is now lost under modern construction and cultivation but excavations have revealed hundreds of stelae which have yielded a good deal of information about the cult of Osiris. A beaten path still leads from Kom El Sultan to Umm El Qa'ab, showing the way pilgrims took in the past.

At Kom el Sultan a peculiar configura­tion of late period enclosure walls is preserved as part of a large segment of the mound.

Notable Artefacts

circa 2750 BCE

Khufu's Statue
Also known as the Khufu Statuette or the Ivory figurine of Khufu is an ancient Egyptian statue. Historically and archaeologically significant, it was found in 1903 by Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie during excavation of Kom el-Sultan in Abydos, Egypt. It depicts Khufu, a Pharaoh of the Fourth dynasty (Old Kingdom), and the builder of the Great Pyramid. This small seated figure is the only known three dimensional depiction of Khufu which survives largely intact, though there are also several statue fragments.


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