Frank J. Yurco

Portrait of Merenptah. Found at the site, a stray block broken off of the pharaoh’s triumphal scene (scene 10) provides additional evidence that Merenptah, rather than Ramesses II, was the pharaoh whose victories the battle scenes portray. The pharaoh pictured on this block does not resemble the numerous depictions of Ramesses II that still exist, but it does closely resemble images of Merenptah from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, including the painted wall relief from the tomb entrance. The men in both images have a very similar profile.