The Ancient World

Feline markers of ivory were used for a game called Mehen that symbolized the victory of the sun god. These markers were found in subsidiary graves as well as in royal tombs. This lioness game piece dates from Dynasty 1, ca. 2950 B.C. [Credit: The Oriental Institute]


Bird-shaped vessel, Naqada III, ca. 3200-3100 B.C. [Credit: The Oriental Institute]

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