Label for King Den's sandalsFrom: Abydos, Egypt
Date: 1st Dynasty, around 2950 BC
This small piece of ivory is about the size of a matchbox. The picture on it shows King Den, wearing the cobra crown of Egypt, hitting a person from an Eastern country, who has a pointed beard and long hair. The hieroglyphs on the right say 'first occasion of smiting the East'. This could mean that King Den had won a battle against an eastern country.
On the other side of the label is scratched a picture of a pair of sandals. The label may have been attached to the bottom of King Den's sandals so that every time he took a step, he was trampling on his enemies.