Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery
Egyptian Early Dynastic
3000 - 2800 BC
Large rectangular ebony tag/label with the name of King Aha. There are traces of red pigment in the incised decoration. The scenes on this label are divided into four registers. At the top right, there is a hole drilled through for the attaching of the label. The top register is associated with a temple to the goddess Neith. The fourth register contains the name of the commodity (a type of oil) to which the label was attached.
[Article] Mawdsley, Lisa. 2011. Two labels of Aha: Evidence of a pre-mortuary administrative function for First Dynasty potmarks?. Cahiers Caribeens d'Egyptologie. (n 15) : Page/Fig./Plate: 54, 56/fig.3
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