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Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt

(Cracow, Poland: 28th August - 1st September 2002)
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Sealings from Tell el-Farkha

Andrzej CWIEK

Muzeum Archeologiczne, Poznan (Poland)

         Although the sealings found during the recent Polish excavations at Tell el- Farkha, are few in number, they nevertheless provide some evidence for both the chronological position and the interpretation of the structures found at the site. The palaeographic characteristics find close parallels in the material from other sites. A title Smsj B3 (?), occurring on one of the sealings, may represent one of the earliest records of the god Ba of Mendes. A short survey of the inscriptions and representations reveals the importance of the ram-god in the Proto- and Early Dynastic periods. An Upper Egyptian origin of the god of Mendes is suggested.


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