Fragment of The Tehenu palette “Libyan Tribute” tablet
End of the predynastic period (3000 BC CA)
H. 19 cm, W. 22cm

The scene of this palette is generally interpreted as the payment of a large tribute by the peoples of Libya who were famous for high quality olive oil.

One of the sides shows three registers with domestic animals files and a fourth lower one with olive trees and the hieroglyph of the throwing stick on an oval (which means ‘region’, ‘place’, ‘island’), thus a toponym of Libya or Western Delta (THnw, Tjehenw),
The opposite side, the recto of the palette is of great importance, showing the feet of some persons and, below the register line, two rows of four and three groups respectively; each group is constituted by an animal grasping the Mer-hoe on the crenellated wall of a town; the name of each town is written within the wall.
    Naos with falcon  
Buchis Stela
  Tutankhamun’s Dagger      
Libyan palette