Corpus of Labels


CORPUS of Inscriptions on
Stone Vessels



NOTE: the harpoon shown on the right in the drawing, is actually carved on the opposite side of the palette (and on the opposite end of the Elephant + Z-shaped sign)

Elephant palette
M.R.A.H. Brussels, E 7062
Hu, tomb B 102
(Amratian - Early Gerzean; SD 33-41)

Petrie, Diospolis Parva pl. XII, n.43 and pl. V (B102 mid row, right)
Vandier, Manuel I p.375 fig. 252
Weill, Ire Dynastie II p. 263-4
Asselberghs, Chaos en beheersing pl. 44, n.64. "Rhombic cosmetic palette with carved decorations among which (to the left) the figure of an African elephant. Schist. Dimensions approx. length 0.0470 m, w. 0.100 m. Amratian; from Hu, tomb B 102 (S.D. 33-41). Present whereabouts unknown. From PETRIE Diosp pl XII. 43. 65. Detail... PETRIE Diosp pl V. 102."
H. Muller-Karpe, "Handbuch der Vorgeschichte" (1974) pl. 20 n.45
R. Friedman, Elephants at Hierakonpolis, in: Hendrickx, Friedman, Cialowicz, Chlodnicki (eds.); Egypt at its Origins, 2004, 131-168 (esp. 154f., fig.16 and bibl.).
S. Hendrickx - M. Eyckerman, Decorated rhomboidal palettes from Predynastic Egypt in the Royal Museums for Art and History at Brussels (in prep. 2008)

(Thanks to John D. Degreef for the b/w picture and references; thanks to Dr. Dirk Huyge curator of M.R.A.H. Brussels for the color picture and the informations about the actual location and inv. number of this palette)

For a corpus of the 14 known rhombic palettes with incised decorations see:
- Midant-Reynes et al., BIFAO 98, 1998, 280-1
- Hendrickx, Eyckerman, 2008 (also about the interpretations of the Z-shaped sign: symbol of power, snake, throwing stick ?)

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