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Narmers PaletteAs Egypt grew and flourished to a powerful and rich nation itleft behind for todays historians clues and artifacts of a oncedistinctive well established and structured society Proof ofthis is clearly depicted in king Narmers Palette This Paletteshows historians the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt whichsignified the beginnings of a civilized era centred around theNile The unification of Egypt occurred around 3100 BC under theFirst Dynasty of Menes3100-2850 BC This age is commonly knowas the Protodynastic era which is known for the establishment ofa firm political structure of the land which was unified in thehands of the king The glorification of Lower and Upper Egyptuniting was portrayed in Narmers Palette which was found in theancient southern capital of Hierakonpolis The general function ofNarmers Palette was to commemorate a victory over his human foesWith Narmers victory the Palette also depicts his successfulclaim and conquest of all of Egypt thus establishing unificationof Lower and Upper Egypt under his rule The dominant themhowever is the victory of the god incarnate over the forces ofevil and chaos The Narmer Palette while depicting several social aspects andtendencies of the Egyptian society also reveals and emphasizestheir structured positions within a hierarchy of command Bothsides of the Palette reveal at the top the name of king Narmerwhich first documents in the written history of Egypt that we noware dealing with a civilized state When the scribes wanted towrite king Narmers name they placed a small fish called a narover a chisel pronounced mer This combination of the wordsgave them Narmer The Palette also depicts king Narmerprobablythe legendary Menes wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and theWhite Crown of Aphroditopolis which represented Upper EgyptSince Narmer had claimed victory over the northern king thusbecoming the first Pharaoh the unification of Egypt was completedThe reverse of the Palette portrays Narmer clubbing a foemanNarmer is then followed by his foot-washer which should be notedis shown on a smaller scale
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