Ancient Man and His First Civilizations


The Bull Palette


Late Predynastic Period, about 3000 B.C.

From early times, the Bull embodied strength and sexual potency. On both sides of this shield-shaped ceremonial palette, an unnamed ruler appears at the top as a rampaging bull trampling an enemy. Below, on the right side, are five poles or standards bearing divine emblems. The standards terminate in human hands grasping a rope, which probably encircled the fallen enemies, one of whom appears at the bottom.
When complete, the palette would have had a circular depression in one side for grinding eyepaint.