Hunters Palette

The Hunters Palette or Lion Hunt Palette is a circa 3100 BCE cosmetic palette from the Naqada III period of late prehistoric Egypt. The palette is broken: part is held by the British Museum and part is in the collection of the Louvre.

Hunters Palette
Hunters Palette with pieces connected
Sizec. 66 cm x 26 cm
Created31st century BC (circa)
Present locationBritish Museum, Louvre
IdentificationBritish Museum, EA 20790, EA 20792, Louvre E 11254


The Hunters Palette shows a complex iconography of lion hunting as well as the hunt of other animals such as birds, desert hares, and gazelle types; one gazelle is being contained by a rope. The weapons used in the twenty-man hunt are the bow and arrow, mace, throwing sticks, and spears. Two iconographic conjoined bull-forefronts adorn the upper right alongside a hieroglyphic-like symbol similar to the "shrine" hieroglyph, sḥ.


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