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Warfare in
Ancient Egypt

A Libyan prisoner

Length: 31.000 cm
Width: 9.100 cm

EA 12337

A Libyan prisoner

From: Ramesses III's palace, Tell el-Yahudia
Date: 20th Dynasty, around 1200 BC

The person on this piece of tile comes from Libya, a country to the west of Egypt that was often at war with them. We can tell that he is a Libyan because of his short beard, long side-lock of hair and style of clothing. Also can you see patterned marks on his body? These may be tattoos.

Tiles showing the enemies of Egypt were used to decorate the throne room in the royal palace. They were placed on the base of the throne or on the floor, so that the king could literally trample on his enemies as he walked across the floor.