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The Palette of Narmer



This object, which dates from around 3200 B.C., is a palette used for preparing cosmetics. It illustrates events from reign of Narmer, the first pharaoh of Egypt. The hawk is the symbol of the sky god Horus, who is holding a tether attached to six papyrus plants, the symbol of Lower Egypt. The central figure is wearing the crown of Upper Egypt.


Africa: Ancient Egypt


Paletter of Narmer Front

Palette of Narmer Back 

From: Redrawn from Fairservis, JARCE 28 [1991]: 2-3. This image copyrighted by Peter A. Piccione.


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