The Narmer Palette

The Narmer Palette commemorates the unification of the two lands (Upper and Lower Egypt) at the beginning of pharaonic history. Narmer was an Upper Egyptian ruler, whose victories over the rulers of the Nile Delta (symbolized in the decoration here) may represent the final stages of the creation of a unified state. The palette is a larger, more ornate example of a type of common household object used to grind pigments for cosmetics. Its size and decoration, along with the fact that it was discovered in an important temple at Hierakonpolis, demonstrate that it had a ceremonial function.


Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 0
Original: Schist
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Model: 64 x 24 x 2 cm
Price: Stucco 60 LE