Features of The Narmer Palette (Front Depiction (The Horus falcon …
Features of The Narmer Palette
Inscription in the
"I am Bat with Her Two Faces..." supports the theory that it is the goddess Bat and not the later goddess Hathor who is depicted on the ancient artefact.
Depicts the cow goddess Bat.
The horns symbolize protection
Between the heads of the goddess Bat
Serekh was the earliest convention used to set apart the royal name in ancient Egyptian iconography, before the cartouche was used.
A chisel above a catfish was the symbol for the king's name
Name of the king is inscribed in a serekh
The Horus falcon
Relates to the title of the king as a son of Ra
Later included as part of the serekh indicating that the text enclosed is a royal name
King wearing the Hedjet Crown of Upper Egypt holding a mace and adopting the 'striking the enemy' pose
King grasping the head of an enemy and standing upon his naked enemies.
Egyptian art there are no representation of facial hair other than the stylized false pharaonic beard.
Enemies were portrayed wearing beards, as a sign of being foreigners.
Servant, or perhaps a priest, to the left of the king carries the king's sandals
In Egyptian art gods and kings are always depicted with bare feet, emphasizing their close connection with the land of Egypt.
(symbol of lower Egypt)
In early Egyptian hieroglyphs a papyrus blossom stood for the numeral 1000 - this group therefore means that the king had captured six thousand enemies.
King's name with the protection of the goddess Bat
The king is represented wearing the Deshret Crown of Lower Egypt.
Narmer inspecting the bodies of slain enemies
The king participating in a celebrational procession with his standard bearers to inspect the bodies of his decapitated enemies
Taming of wild animals and a bull
Depicts the taming of wild animals which result in two fabulous creatures with their heads entwined forming a circle.
In ancient Egypt a circle or sphere was symbolic of unity, and was a reference to the unification of the 'two lands'
Symbolising the king destroying the walls of fortress
Depicts a mighty, raging bull trampling on an enemy of Egypt and attacking a city or fortress surrounded by walls.