Dancing or fighting? A recently discovered Predynastic scene from Abydos, Egypt

Yosef Garfinkel*

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Abstract

A recently discovered painted pottery vessel from the Predynastic cemetery of Umm el-Qaab in Abydos, Egypt (early fourth millennium BC), bears one of the most sophisticated proto-historic scenes surviving from the ancient Near East. The excavators interpreted the scene as a depiction of warfare. A systematic analysis of its various components, however, as well as two similar contemporary scenes, suggests that the scene depicts dancing. It is even possible that the scene represents four stages in a sequence of movement. If so, it is one of the earliest movement notation documents preserved from antiquity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)241-254
Number of pages14
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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