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Narmer palette (back), 22nd century BC (relief)

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Narmer palette (back), 22nd century BC (relief)

8585767 Narmer palette (back), 22nd century BC (relief) by Egyptian; Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt; ( Narmer palette (back) or Hierakonpolis Large palette. King Narmer is shown unifying Lower and Upper Egypt); © Jean Bernard. All rights reserved 2023

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© © Jean Bernard. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images

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This print showcases the Narmer palette, a remarkable piece of ancient Egyptian art dating back to the 22nd century BC. The relief sculpture depicts King Narmer, who is renowned for unifying Lower and Upper Egypt. With its intricate details and vibrant colors, this artifact offers a glimpse into the rich history of ancient Egypt. The palette's backside reveals an array of symbolic imagery that tells a story of domination and power. Adorned with crowns representing both regions of Egypt, King Narmer stands as a symbol of authority over his unified kingdom. The presence of falcons, birds often associated with royalty and divinity in Egyptian culture, further emphasizes his status as a pharaoh. Amidst the elaborate scene are prisoners captured during conquests, highlighting the ritualistic nature of ancient Egyptian warfare. Papyrus plants add an element of natural beauty to this composition while also serving as symbols for writing and knowledge—a testament to the advanced civilization that thrived along the Nile River. Through this photograph by Jean Bernard, we are transported back in time to witness not only artistic mastery but also glimpses into daily life during one of humanity's earliest civilizations. This exquisite relic from antiquity serves as a reminder of our shared human heritage and invites us to marvel at the ingenuity and creativity displayed by our ancestors thousands of years ago.

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