The Narmer Catalog

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6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Source No: 6103

Date: (Narmer)

Dated by: Comparison to other Narmer boxes

Type: decorated box

Material: bone

Region: Upper Egypt

Site: Abydos

Locality: Cemetery B

Depository: (see Dreyer 2016,pp. 92-93)

Registration No. (see Dreyer 2016,pp. 92-93)

References

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II

pp. 21-22

pls. 3A.2, 4.6, 4.13

Dreyer, 2005

pp. 255-257

Campagno, 2008

pp. 695-696

p. 696, fig. 1

Dreyer, 2016

pp. 91-104

p. 103, fig. 8

Comments

Narmer Box 3

Dreyer (2005) proposed that 8 bone fragments found in Cemetery B, Umm el-Qa'ab in Abydos, of similar material and style, were fragments of a box of Narmer. In Dreyer (2016), he identified 43 fragments that he suggests were part of Narmer Boxes, and used 38 of them (the rest were too small) to reconstruct 3 boxes.
According to Dreyer (2016, p.104) all of the Boxes represent triumphs of Narmer in the tradition of representation of historical events, however in the case of Box 3 (unlike boxes 1 &2), it does not represent the defeat of the
thnw people (the event depicted on the Narmer Palette). He describes the scene on the most fully preserved fragments of Box 3 as a representations of offering bearers, who have long hair reaching down to his shoulders and wearing only a short kilt. On both of these fragments, they hold vessels, two of which are shown with handles. This type of vessel is not from Egypt, but is well-documented in Palestine (Canaan). According to Dreyer, in the same article, it might just show delivery of tribute from the Canaanite region. However, in a personal communication (2016), he suggested that the Third Box may depict an actual military expedition by Narmer to Canaan.
(the other references shown above are for individual fragments, not discussed in relation to the Narmer Boxes)

6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Dreyer, 2016, p. 103, fig. 8, Reconstruction

6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. 4.13, Fragment

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Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. 3A.2, Fragment

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. 4.6, Fragment


The Narmer Catalog

Inscription Detail

Source No:6103
Date:(Narmer)
Dated by:Comparison to other Narmer boxes
Type:decorated box
Material:bone
Region:Upper Egypt
Site:Abydos
Locality:Cemetery B
Depository:(see Dreyer 2016,pp. 92-93)
Registration No.(see Dreyer 2016,pp. 92-93)
References Discussion Figure/Plate
Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II pp. 21-22 pls. 3A.2, 4.6, 4.13
Dreyer, 2005 pp. 255-257
Campagno, 2008 pp. 695-696 p. 696, fig. 1
Dreyer, 2016 pp. 91-104 p. 103, fig. 8

Comments: Narmer Box 3 Dreyer (2005) proposed that 8 bone fragments found in Cemetery B, Umm el-Qa'ab in Abydos, of similar material and style, were fragments of a box of Narmer. In Dreyer (2016), he identified 43 fragments that he suggests were part of Narmer Boxes, and used 38 of them (the rest were too small) to reconstruct 3 boxes. According to Dreyer (2016, p.104) all of the Boxes represent triumphs of Narmer in the tradition of representation of historical events, however in the case of Box 3 (unlike boxes 1 &2), it does not represent the defeat of the thnw people (the event depicted on the Narmer Palette). He describes the scene on the most fully preserved fragments of Box 3 as a representations of offering bearers, who have long hair reaching down to his shoulders and wearing only a short kilt. On both of these fragments, they hold vessels, two of which are shown with handles. This type of vessel is not from Egypt, but is well-documented in Palestine (Canaan). According to Dreyer, in the same article, it might just show delivery of tribute from the Canaanite region. However, in a personal communication (2016), he suggested that the Third Box may depict an actual military expedition by Narmer to Canaan. (the other references shown above are for individual fragments, not discussed in relation to the Narmer Boxes)


Images

6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Dreyer, 2016, p. 103, fig. 8, Reconstruction

6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. 4.13, Fragment

6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. 3A.2, Fragment

6103 (Narmer Box, no. 3)

Petrie, 1901, Royal Tombs II, pl. 4.6, Fragment

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