The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Source No: 0097

Date: Narmer

Dated by: royal name

Type: seal ( impression )

Material: clay

Region: Upper Egypt

Site: Abydos

Locality: Umm el-Qa'ab, tomb B 18

Depository: Ashmolean Museum ( Oxford ); Neues Museum ( Berlin ); Abydos ( German excavations ); OIM ( Chicago )

Registration No. Ashmolean Museum AN1896-1908 E.1721; Berlin 15654; Ab K 4167, Ab K 4169; OIM E6904

References

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II

pp. 30, 51-52

pl. XIII.93

Petrie, 1923

p. 6

Newberry, 1929

pp. 46-47

p. 43, fig. 3(a)

Helck, 1953

pp. 356-59

Kaplony, 1963, IÄF

p. 60; p. 178, n. 191; p. 1103

pl. 28, fig. 77

Wildung, 1969

pp. 4-5

von Beckerath, 1997

pp. 168-169

Kinnaer, 2001

p. 77

Cervelló Autuori, 2005

pp. 43-44

Dreyer, 2007a

pp. 222-223

Heagy, 2014

pp. 77-78

p. 77, fig. 16

J.-P. Pätznick, personal communication, 2017

Ashmolean Museum, University Of Oxford

AN1896-1908 E.1721

Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago)

OIM E6904

Comments

Narmer/Menes Seal also known as Prince's Seal

According to Petrie 1901,"This seal, of which fragmentary impressions remain, is of Narmer alternating with the word men. Were it not for the clear evidence of the ivory tablet from the Naqada-Mena tomb, we should see in this perhaps a reason for Narmer being the name of Mena."
This seal impression has been the subject of heated debate about whether it is attributed to Menes as Narmer (Petrie 1923, Newberry 1929, Kinnaer 2001, and Cervelló-Autuori 2005), or Aha (Helck 1953, Kaplony 1963, Wildung 1969, von Beckerath 1997, and Dreyer 2007a). Authors who argue that is shows that Aha was Menes, refer to it as a "prince's seal".
Pätznick (personal communication, 2017) interprets this as the official of the Pr-Wr tent.
For a comprehensive discussion of the debate, see Heagy 2014.
The example kept in Berlin was lost or destroyed in World War II.

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. XIII.93

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Kaplony, 1963, IÄF, pl. 28, fig. 77

More Images

Heagy, 2014, p. 77, fig. 16

Ashmolean Museum, University Of Oxford, (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, AN1896-1908 E.1721

Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago), OIM E6904; image courtesy of the OIM

Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago), OIM E6904; image courtesy of the OIM


The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

Source No:0097
Date:Narmer
Dated by:royal name
Type:seal ( impression )
Material:clay
Region:Upper Egypt
Site:Abydos
Locality:Umm el-Qa'ab, tomb B 18
Depository:Ashmolean Museum ( Oxford ); Neues Museum ( Berlin ); Abydos ( German excavations ); OIM ( Chicago )
Registration No.Ashmolean Museum AN1896-1908 E.1721; Berlin 15654; Ab K 4167, Ab K 4169; OIM E6904
References Discussion Figure/Plate
Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II pp. 30, 51-52 pl. XIII.93
Petrie, 1923 p. 6
Newberry, 1929 pp. 46-47 p. 43, fig. 3(a)
Helck, 1953 pp. 356-59
Kaplony, 1963, IÄF p. 60; p. 178, n. 191; p. 1103 pl. 28, fig. 77
Wildung, 1969 pp. 4-5
von Beckerath, 1997 pp. 168-169
Kinnaer, 2001 p. 77
Cervelló Autuori, 2005 pp. 43-44
Dreyer, 2007a pp. 222-223
Heagy, 2014 pp. 77-78 p. 77, fig. 16
J.-P. Pätznick, personal communication, 2017
Ashmolean Museum, University Of Oxford AN1896-1908 E.1721
Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago) OIM E6904

Comments: Narmer/Menes Seal also known as Prince's Seal According to Petrie 1901,"This seal, of which fragmentary impressions remain, is of Narmer alternating with the word men. Were it not for the clear evidence of the ivory tablet from the Naqada-Mena tomb, we should see in this perhaps a reason for Narmer being the name of Mena." This seal impression has been the subject of heated debate about whether it is attributed to Menes as Narmer (Petrie 1923, Newberry 1929, Kinnaer 2001, and Cervelló-Autuori 2005), or Aha (Helck 1953, Kaplony 1963, Wildung 1969, von Beckerath 1997, and Dreyer 2007a). Authors who argue that is shows that Aha was Menes, refer to it as a "prince's seal". Pätznick (personal communication, 2017) interprets this as the official of the Pr-Wr tent. For a comprehensive discussion of the debate, see Heagy 2014. The example kept in Berlin was lost or destroyed in World War II.


Images

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. XIII.93

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Kaplony, 1963, IÄF, pl. 28, fig. 77

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Heagy, 2014, p. 77, fig. 16

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Ashmolean Museum, University Of Oxford, (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, AN1896-1908 E.1721

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago), OIM E6904; image courtesy of the OIM

0097 (Narmer/Mn seal impression)

Oriental Institute Museum (Chicago), OIM E6904; image courtesy of the OIM

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