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お願いします。  The chip-chip-chip of the stone carver would have been interrupted when the cattle herders returned with their herds at the end of summer. Eagerly, the carver would have inspected the green-gray siltstone the herders had collected in the Black Mountains and brought back with them. Ah, this stone would make a perfect turtle-shaped palette. This one definitely looks more like an antelope. The rounded one would be ideal for a hippo.  When the carver of the Narmer Palette saw that dark-green, nearly black, two-foot piece of stone, did he see a shield? Did he know in an instant that this particular fine-grained, flawless stone was fit for the first king? Did he dream about the story he would tell on the palette―the story of how the Two Lands came to be―the north and the south joining to become one?  The Narmer Palette is like a two-page comic book. It's in the shape of a shield and is carved on both sides. It tells the story of the unification of Egypt under one king―a king called Narmer. On one side of the palette, Narmer wears the White Crown of Upper Egypt, and on the other he wears the Red Crown of Lower Egypt. He's the first king to rule both.  On both sides of the palette, the very top has Narmer's name written inside a box called a serekh. Narmer means "angry catfish." King Angry Catfish has the head of a cow on either side of his name. Are these cow pictures meant to be the goddess Hathor? Many scholars think so. Ancient Egyptians thought the goddess Hathor was the king's mother and they usually drew her with horns curled inward. Did this belief go all the way back to the very first king?

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 牛の遊牧民たちが、夏の終わりに牛の群とともに帰って来ると、石の彫刻家のコツーコツーコツと石を刻む音は、中断されたことでしょう。 放牧民たちが、熱心に、ブラック・マウンテンズで集め、彼らと共に持ち帰った緑がかった灰色のシルト石を、彫刻家は調べたことでしょう。 ああ、この石は、完璧な亀形のパレット(石板)になるだろう。 これは、確かに、よりアンテロープ[*]のように見える。 丸いものは、カバにうってつけだ。 [*]http://eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=antelope  ナルメル・パレットの彫刻家が、そのダークグリーンの、ほとんど黒に近い、2フィートの石を見たとき、彼は盾を思い描いたでしょうか? 彼は、この特別な微粒子で出来た、完璧な石が、初代の王にふさわしいと、瞬く間に気付いたでしょうか? パレットに彼が語ろうとする物語 ― 2つの土地がどうなったかと言う物語 ― 北の土地と、南の土地が、どの様にして一つの国に統一されたかと言う物語について、彼は夢見たでしょうか?  ナルメル・パレットは、2ページの漫画本に似ています。 それは盾の形をしていて、両面に彫刻が施されています。 それは、一人の王 ― ナルメルと呼ばれる一人の王のもとに、エジプトが統一された物語を語っています。 パレットの片面では、ナルメルは、上エジプトの白い王冠をかぶり、もう一方の面では、彼は、下エジプトの赤い王冠をかぶっています。 彼は、両方の土地を支配した最初の王です。[*] [*]http://eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=upper+Egypt  パレットの両面には、まさしくその最上部に、ナルメルの名前が、セイレクと呼ばれる欄に書かれています。 ナルメルは、「怒ったナマズ」を意味します。 怒ったナマズ王は、彼の名前の両側に牛の頭部を持っています。 これらの牛の絵は、女神ハトルのつもりなのでしょうか? 多くの学者が、そう考えています。 古代のエジプト人は、女神ハトルが王の母であると考えました、それで、彼らは、たいてい、内巻きにした角をつけて、彼女を描きました。 こうした信仰は、正に初代の王にまでさかのぼるのでしょうか?

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