EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?

 EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?
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A 17-inch-high (42.5-cm) carved mudstone palette, dedicated at Hierakonpolis in about 3200 B.C. and intended as a gift to the gods, shows a fantastical scene of gazelles, wild dogs and serpent-cat hybrids. Unlike most later Egyptian art, the artwork depicts no humans. Later Egyptian artists portrayed animals as pets, sacrifices, or food.

But at Hierakonpolis, animals had power. They inspired awe. And so did the ruler who kept them.
—Photograph courtesy Renée Friedman
 
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