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Palette of King Narmer (detail), Predynastic Egypt, ca. 3000-2920 BCE. Wikimedia Commons.
The Palette of King Narmer is a politically important artifact in the history of Egypt because
it records the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt at the end of the Predynastic period.
it displays an early example of the formula for figure representation used by Egyptian artists.
it uses the formal pictorial device of representing the king as larger in scale than his surrounding attendants.
it narrates a sequence of specific historical events that led to the establishment of the first Egyptian dynasty.