The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Source No: 1553

Date: Den

Dated by: royal name

Type: seal ( impression )

Material: clay

Region: Upper Egypt

Site: Abydos

Locality: Umm el-Qa'ab, tomb T

Depository: Petrie Museum ( UCL ); Abydos ( German excavations )

Registration No. UC36981; Ab K 1486-99, Ab K 1506-8, Ab K 1500a-i

References

Kaplony, 1963, IÄF

p. 174; p. 881, n. 1127; p. 1191

pl. 133, fig. 809

Dreyer, 1987

pp. 33-43

figs. 2-3, pls. 3-5

Kaiser, 1987

pp. 115-19

Goedicke, 1993

pp. 72-77

Wilkinson, 2000

p. 26

Kinnaer, 2001

pp. 80-81

Cervelló Autuori, 2003

pp. 168-75

Kahl, 2006

pp. 96-97

Cervelló Autuori, 2008

pp. 887-99

Pätznick, 2009

pp. 310-13

Regulski, 2010

pp. 135-136

Köhler, 2013

Heagy, 2014

pp. 80-82

Petrie (University College London)

UC36981

Comments

Günter Dreyer (personal communication, 2016) and Köhler 2013 describe the Narmer symbol (in addition to the chisel) as a catfish with a bull’s tail(Köhler describes as simply a tail).
Wilkinson 2000, Pätznick 2009, and Regulski 2010 describe the first sign of Narmer's name in this inscription as an animal skin, and not a catfish.
Kaplony's UC 188 = UC36981

Editor's Note: The tail on the catfish may symbolize royal power, similar to the portrayal of Narmer on the Narmer Palette, where he is depicted wearing a bull's tail.

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, fig. 3

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, fig. 2

More Images

, UC36981

, UC36981

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 3a

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 4

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 5a

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 3b

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 5b

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 3c

Kaplony, 1963, IÄF, pl. 133, fig. 809


The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

Source No:1553
Date:Den
Dated by:royal name
Type:seal ( impression )
Material:clay
Region:Upper Egypt
Site:Abydos
Locality:Umm el-Qa'ab, tomb T
Depository:Petrie Museum ( UCL ); Abydos ( German excavations )
Registration No.UC36981; Ab K 1486-99, Ab K 1506-8, Ab K 1500a-i
References Discussion Figure/Plate
Kaplony, 1963, IÄF p. 174; p. 881, n. 1127; p. 1191 pl. 133, fig. 809
Dreyer, 1987 pp. 33-43 figs. 2-3, pls. 3-5
Kaiser, 1987 pp. 115-19
Goedicke, 1993 pp. 72-77
Wilkinson, 2000 p. 26
Kinnaer, 2001 pp. 80-81
Cervelló Autuori, 2003 pp. 168-75
Kahl, 2006 pp. 96-97
Cervelló Autuori, 2008 pp. 887-99
Pätznick, 2009 pp. 310-13
Regulski, 2010 pp. 135-136
Köhler, 2013
Heagy, 2014 pp. 80-82
Petrie (University College London) UC36981

Comments: Günter Dreyer (personal communication, 2016) and Köhler 2013 describe the Narmer symbol (in addition to the chisel) as a catfish with a bull’s tail(Köhler describes as simply a tail). Wilkinson 2000, Pätznick 2009, and Regulski 2010 describe the first sign of Narmer's name in this inscription as an animal skin, and not a catfish. Kaplony's UC 188 = UC36981 Editor's Note: The tail on the catfish may symbolize royal power, similar to the portrayal of Narmer on the Narmer Palette, where he is depicted wearing a bull's tail.


Images

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, fig. 3

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, fig. 2

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

, UC36981

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

, UC36981

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 3a

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 4

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 5a

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 3b

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 5b

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Dreyer, 1987, pl. 3c

1553 (Den mortuary seal impression with serekh of Narmer)

Kaplony, 1963, IÄF, pl. 133, fig. 809

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