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palette

small slab of stone used for grinding cosmetics in pre-dynastic Egyptian times; later, large ceremonial palettes bearing carved reliefs commemorated important events.

register

section of a scene or inscription represented on the walls of temples, tombs or stelae in Ancient Egypt

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This is the lower part of the Libyan palette, which also is known as The Palette, showing the foundation of cities.

It is carved on both sides with raised relief, showing on one side a group of animals divided into three registers, or sections, and groups of trees in the fourth one.

On the first section, we see oxen depicted with large eyes and strong, stylized musculature.

The second section shows donkeys, while the third one depicts rams.

The opposite side portrays a falcon, a lion, a scorpion and an additional pair of falcons. They are equipped with hoes. The animals are participating in a foundation ceremony for cities.

These are represented by surrounding walls and buildings, some of which are accompanied by hieroglyphic names of localities in the western Delta.

Dimensions:  Height 18.5 cm  Width 22 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Relief

Style:

Early Dynastic Period

Materials:

Graywacke
Type Type

Type:

Palette
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Abydos
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

Predynastic

Acquired: 

1886 AD
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Topics:

Arts and Crafts
Architecture
Paintings and Relief
Sites & Museums Sites & Museums
Egyptian Museum
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