The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

6020 (Unusual Narmer (?) serekh from Tell el Farkha)

Source No: 6020

Date: Narmer(?)

Dated by: royal name

Type: inscription on vessel ( jar )

Material: pottery

Region: Delta

Site: Tell el Farkha

Locality: Grave 91

Depository:

Registration No. G91-8

References

Ciałowicz, 2011

p. 63

Dębowska-Ludwin, 2012

p. 59

Jucha, 2012a

pp. 625-641

p. 630, fig. 3.1; p. 631, fig. 4.1

Comments

Ciałowicz 2011 identifies the serekh as Nar(mer). Jucha 2012a argues that the jar type and the tomb assemblage suggest a date earlier than Narmer, and, in fact, earlier than Iry-Hor. He suggests a king “Nar” or king “harpoon”.
While Jucha (2012a: 625) believes that Grave 91 predates Iry-Hor, Stan Hendrickx (2017, personal communication) points out that the jars found in this grave are less broad at the bases than is typical for Naqada IIIB, and that the flat bases (seen in, for example, Jucha 2012a: p. 629, fig. 2, nos. 5 and 7) are better attested in Naqada IIIC.
Editor's note: The inscription in the name panel show three distinct whiskers on the right side which is characteristic of catfish in Narmer inscriptions, and a clear tail on the left side, so there can be no doubt that this is a catfish. Hence that it is almost certainly a
serekh of Narmer, or the earlier king Nar.

6020 (Unusual Narmer (?) serekh from Tell el Farkha)

Jucha, 2012a, p. 631, fig. 4.1

6020 (Unusual Narmer (?) serekh from Tell el Farkha)

Jucha, 2012a, p. 630, fig. 3.1


The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

Source No:6020
Date:Narmer(?)
Dated by:royal name
Type:inscription on vessel ( jar )
Material:pottery
Region:Delta
Site:Tell el Farkha
Locality:Grave 91
Depository:
Registration No.G91-8
References Discussion Figure/Plate
Ciałowicz, 2011 p. 63
Dębowska-Ludwin, 2012 p. 59
Jucha, 2012a pp. 625-641 p. 630, fig. 3.1; p. 631, fig. 4.1

Comments: Ciałowicz 2011 identifies the serekh as Nar(mer). Jucha 2012a argues that the jar type and the tomb assemblage suggest a date earlier than Narmer, and, in fact, earlier than Iry-Hor. He suggests a king “Nar” or king “harpoon”. While Jucha (2012a: 625) believes that Grave 91 predates Iry-Hor, Stan Hendrickx (2017, personal communication) points out that the jars found in this grave are less broad at the bases than is typical for Naqada IIIB, and that the flat bases (seen in, for example, Jucha 2012a: p. 629, fig. 2, nos. 5 and 7) are better attested in Naqada IIIC. Editor's note: The inscription in the name panel show three distinct whiskers on the right side which is characteristic of catfish in Narmer inscriptions, and a clear tail on the left side, so there can be no doubt that this is a catfish. Hence that it is almost certainly a serekh of Narmer, or the earlier king Nar.


Images

6020 (Unusual Narmer (?) serekh from Tell el Farkha)

Jucha, 2012a, p. 631, fig. 4.1

6020 (Unusual Narmer (?) serekh from Tell el Farkha)

Jucha, 2012a, p. 630, fig. 3.1

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