Ancient Egypt - Pharaoh Khasekhemwy

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Khasekhemwy was the last Pharaoh of the 2ndDynasty. Most Egyptologists believe Khasekhem changed his name to Khasekhemwy when he reunited Upper and Lower

Egypt after a civil war between the followers of the gods Horus and Seth. As a result, he ended the infighting of the Second Dynasty and reunited Egypt.

Khasekhemwy is unique in Egyptian history as having both the symbols of Horus and Seth on his serekh. (A serekh was a royal crest that accentuated and honored the name of the pharaoh). Some scholars believe that this was an attempt to unify the two factions; but after his death, Seth was dropped from the serekh permanently.

Portraits of the King

He was one of the earliest Egyptian kings known to have built statues of himself. A limestone statue, restored from fragments at Hierakonp