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Fragment of a faience figurine of a scorpion. the tail is missing and the front section has surface damage. One of several found in this temple deposit and possibly a reference to the 'Scorpion King' who ruled before Narmer (the first king whose name we know). Scorpions were also believed to protect as well as threaten. Here, in a royal context it seems more likely that the animal protected the king because of its close association with early Egyptian royalty. Faience is a glazed crushed quartz.
about 3000 B.C. 2500 B.C.