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The Narmer macehead is an ancient Egyptian decorative stone mace head. It was found during a dig at Kom al Akhmar, the site of Hierakonpolismarker (ancient Egyptian Nekhenmarker.) It is dated to the reign of king Narmer whose serekh is engraved on it. Today it is kept at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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The macehead may represent the dynastic marriage of the victorious Narmer, pharaoh of Upper Egypt with the defeated Nithotep or Neithhotep A, a princess of Lower Egypt. Narmer wears the red crown of Lower Egypt and over him hovers the protective vulture, Nekhbet local goddess of Nekhenmarker, the religious and political capital of predynastic Upper Egypt . Behind the princess appears a proto-Nine bows, which in later times represented the enemies of Egypt.

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References

  1. Walter B Emery, Archaic Egypt, Pelican Books,1961



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