The Narmer Catalog

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6019 (Narmer(?) serekh from Michailidis Collection)

Source No: 6019

Date: Narmer(?)

Dated by: royal name

Type: inscription on marble

Material: limestone

Region: Upper Egypt(?)

Site: Abydos(?)

Locality:

Depository: NMS ( Edinburgh )

Registration No. A.1972.227

References

Kaplony, 1964, IÄFS

pp. 6, 28-30

p. 7, fig. 3

Kaplony, 1965a

pp. 6-8

http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=300853

Comments

"Ball of hard white limestone incised with the name of King Narmer, probably used as a gaming piece: Ancient Egyptian, from Abydos, Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, c.3100-2890 BC."
This inscription was brought to my attention by Stan Hendrickx (personal communication, 2016).
Günter Dreyer (personal correspondence, 2016) states that this object is probably from the Michailidis Collection, because it appears in a catalog of objects from the Michailidis Collection. However, since many of the objects from the Michailidis Collection are forgeries, the authenticity of this inscription must be considered uncertain. Two additional reasons to doubt its authenticity are that no game pieces have been excavated from Dynasty 1 tombs. And it appears in the Michailidis Collection catalog as one of several game pieces each with the name of a different 1st Dynasty king, which seems inherently implausible.

Editor's Note: There is little doubt that this is a forgery but is included for completeness.

6019 (Narmer(?) serekh from Michailidis Collection)

http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=300853


The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

Source No:6019
Date:Narmer(?)
Dated by:royal name
Type:inscription on marble
Material:limestone
Region:Upper Egypt(?)
Site:Abydos(?)
Locality:
Depository:NMS ( Edinburgh )
Registration No.A.1972.227
References Discussion Figure/Plate
Kaplony, 1964, IÄFS pp. 6, 28-30 p. 7, fig. 3
Kaplony, 1965a pp. 6-8
http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=300853

Comments: "Ball of hard white limestone incised with the name of King Narmer, probably used as a gaming piece: Ancient Egyptian, from Abydos, Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, c.3100-2890 BC." This inscription was brought to my attention by Stan Hendrickx (personal communication, 2016). Günter Dreyer (personal correspondence, 2016) states that this object is probably from the Michailidis Collection, because it appears in a catalog of objects from the Michailidis Collection. However, since many of the objects from the Michailidis Collection are forgeries, the authenticity of this inscription must be considered uncertain. Two additional reasons to doubt its authenticity are that no game pieces have been excavated from Dynasty 1 tombs. And it appears in the Michailidis Collection catalog as one of several game pieces each with the name of a different 1st Dynasty king, which seems inherently implausible. Editor's Note: There is little doubt that this is a forgery but is included for completeness.


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6019 (Narmer(?) serekh from Michailidis Collection)

http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=300853

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