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The earliest representations of royal power in Egypt: the rock drawings of Nag el-Hamdulab (Aswan)

  • Stan Hendrickx (a1), John Coleman Darnell (a2) and Maria Carmela Gatto (a2)
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The vivid engravings on vertical rocks at the desert site of Nag el-Hamdulab west of the Nile comprise a rock art gallery of exceptional historical significance. The authors show that the images of boats with attendant prisoners, animals and the earliest representation of a pharaoh offer a window on Dynasty 0, and depict the moment that the religious procession of pre-Dynastic Egypt became the triumphant tour of a tax-collecting monarch.

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