Essay about The Palette Of Narmer : Art Study

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This art study will provide a visual and iconographic analysis of “The Palette of Narmer” in the context of the Egyptian stonework from the 31st century B.C. “The Palette of Narmer” (circa 31st Century B.C.) is a carved stone object typically meant for grinding cosmetic powders (to adorn statutes of the gods), but this object was used as a formal ritual object in a temple. This palette was found at the Main Deposit of Egyptian antiquities in Nekhen, which presents one of the earliest known examples of Egyptian hieroglyphics ever found at an excavation site. The iconography of this piece expresses the traditional symbolism of government order in ancient Egypt through the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under King Narmer. In essence, a visual and iconographic analysis of “The Palette of Narmer” will define the importance of government order in the symbolism of this example of carved stonework from ancient Egypt.
The primary material used to carve the “The Palette of Narmer” is a siltstone, which was commonly used for objects of this king in ancient Egypt. This object is important not so much because of the materials used to carve these images of the King Narmer and the gods, but to express forms of communication in highly detailed hieroglyphics and the movement of figures (striding legs) in visual imagery. Of course, “The Palette of Narmer” is the oldest example of Egyptian carved stone images that have ever been found by modern archeological expeditions. The…

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