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I am assuming this bas relief on the left side of the first pylon and forecourt of the Ramses III Necropolis at Medinet Habu, is Rameses III vanquishing his enemies, who attempted to conquer Egypt in 3 wars. The Libyans and Hittites also failed to invade Egypt and are also depicted in a similar artistic style.

From Wikipedia:

"In Year 8 of his reign, the Sea Peoples, including Peleset, Denyen, Shardana, Meshwesh of the sea, and Tjekker, invaded Egypt by land and sea. Ramesses III defeated them in two great land and sea battles (in 1175 BC & 1170 BC). Although the Egyptians had a reputation as poor seamen, they fought tenaciously. Rameses lined the shores with ranks of archers who kept up a continuous volley of arrows into the enemy ships when they attempted to land on the banks of the Nile. Then, the Egyptian navy attacked using grappling hooks to haul in the enemy ships. In the brutal hand-to-hand fighting which ensued, the Sea Peoples were utterly defeated."

Here's a wide angled view showing the relief in relation to its surroundings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medinet_Habu_(temple)#/media/File:1st_Pylon_Medinet_Habu_R02.jpg

Fascinating information on the Sea People here. The eruption of Santorini estimated in the 16th century BC devastated most of the southern Cyclades as well as the Minoans in Crete, with tsunamis and thick ash falls destroying crops. It is thought that they may have abandoned Crete and made their way through south west Turkey to Syria to the Levant to Egypt:

https://www.history.com/news/who-were-the-sea-peoples

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  • Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17199 W: 1065 N: 37882] (171822)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2016-06-04
  • Camera: Nikon D 90
  • Exposure: f/0.7, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-02-02 1:00
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