Libyan Palette

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The Libyan Palette (also known variously as the Libyan Booty Palette, the Siege Palette, the Tehenu- or Tjehenu Palette, the Towns- or Trees and Towns Palette') is the surviving lower portion of a stone cosmetic palette bearing carved decoration and writing. It dates from the Naqada III or Protodynastic Period of Egypt (c. 3200 to 3000 BC). The palette is unprovenanced, but is believed to be from Abydos, Egypt.Francesco Rafaelle, "", from web article Corpus of Egyptian Late Predynastic Palettes, accessed 8 June 2007.

The Libyan Palette, like the famous Narmer Palette, is one of the few stone palettes from this period which contain some of the earliest examples of hieroglyphs and also show the early use of registers (lined separators) for displaying and separating distinct subject matter.


<div>The iconography of the palette is as follows: one side of the palette contains scenes of walking animals, in three registers, above a fourth register, two rows of four plants each. (Gardiner's signs T14 above N18, in typographic ligature terminate the last plant-(tree).) <hiero>T14</hiero>&ndash;<hiero>N18</hiero>, combined: <hiero>T14:N18</hiero> The three lines of walking animals are cattle, donkeys, and gazelles. The opposite side of the Libyan Palette contains seven 'cities' identified by their hieroglyphs, shown within each fortification-encircled city wall....
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