By William C. Hayes

7 5/8 x 10 1/4", 399 pp + fold-out map at again, Harper & Brothers in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of paintings, 1953 first. half I of a 'background for the examine of the Egyptian Antiquities within the Metropolitan Museum of Art'. via William C Hayes.

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FIGURE natural objects in the potter’s environment are also represented: palm branches, hippopotami, Nile crocodiles, Saluki hunting dogs, and occa¬ sionally figures of men with lariats, spears, bows, and arrows. Even complete scenes, usually de¬ picting hunting expeditions, are not uncommon. The decorated interior of an oval dish in the Museum’s collection, for example, shows us a FIGURE 10. Hunting scene on a Predynastic pot¬ tery dish. L. 1014 in. 1 - V# hunt on the river, with men in light reed skiffs spearing hippopotami and crocodiles (fig.

FIGURE 22. THE LATE PREDYNASTIC PERIOD two parts of Egypt was gradually drawing to a close. It is indicative of the direction in which the tide of battle was setting in the latter part of this period that almost all the palettes of the later of the two recognized series come from Upper Egypt and commemorate victories won by the south. A small but interesting fragment of such a depicts in bold relief a warrior pierced by an arrow (fig. 23). The facial type of the man, his shaggy hair falling in horizontal rows of heavy locks and bound with a fillet around the upper part of the head, his small, pointed beard running high up his cheek, and his leather phal¬ lus sheath supported by a cord about his waist mark him as a Lower Egyptian.

Best of all, of course, is the inscribed material which has come from modern excavations and researches and which, whether of a historical 74 nature or not, has the advantage of being con¬ temporary with the events and personages men¬ tioned. For the Early Dynastic period such documents are unfortunately still scanty, always brief, and often difficult to interpret. They come chiefly from the tombs of the kings of the First and Sec¬ ond Dynasties now in the process of excavation at Sakkareh, from the cenotaphs of the same kings and from the ancient temple enclosure at Abydos, from the tomb of a First Dynasty queen hi at Nekadeh, from the temple area at Hierakonpolis, and from the graves and tombs of private individuals in the regions of Memphis, Helwan, and the Fayyum.

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