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Hunters Palette

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Hunters Palette

Hunters Palette
Hunters Palette with pieces connected
Material schist
Size c. 66 cm x 26 cm
Created 31st century BC (circa)
Present location British Museum, Louvre
Identification British Museum, EA 20790, EA 20792, Louvre E 11254

The Hunters Palette (c. 3100 B.C.E.) (also known as the Lion Hunt Palette) is an Ancient Egyptian cosmetic palette showing a complex iconographic lion hunt as well as other animals. The hunt includes birds, desert hares, and gazelle-types; one gazelle is being contained by a rope.

The weapons used in the 20-man hunt are the bow and arrow, mace clubs, throwing sticks, and spears.

Two icongraphic conjoined bull-forefronts adorn the upper right alongside a hieroglyphic-like symbol, (similar to the sanctuary of Lower Egypt.[1]

The palette is broken: part is held by the British Museum and part is in the collection of the Louvre.


See also

External links

  • British Museum page on the Palette
  • Photo of Hunters Palette
  • Predynastic palette corpus
  • the Louvre fragment
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