“Pylos Combat Agate,” seal stone
(found in 2016 in a tomb dating back to around 1500BC)
References the Henu Barque composition structure ?
a) The crouching man's head becomes the standing left man's rump while the crouching man's rear turns into the dead's man's head.
b) The crouching man's skirt become the dead corpse on the left.
c) The dead man wears a patterned kilt, perhaps as if the artist decided that because the crouching man has a patterned skirt, he would do something for the dead man.
d) The upper kestrel's head and the collar beneath it becomes the fan on the helmet of the right warrior.
e) The horns of the oryx become the left warrior's arm and sword, while the oryx head becomes the left warrior's head.
f) The bull's horns become the left warrior's collar while the beaded rope becomes the dividing line down his chest between his muscles. .
g) The fan becomes the ends of the left warrior's hair, and perhaps even the lower left kestrel's head become the helmet of the right warrior since the translation between seal image and henu barque might be more abstract that can be initially appreciated.
h) The three in the three pillars or even the three rudders become the three ovals on the right warrior's helmet.
i) The left part of the curve of the boat itself becomes the top of the right man's shield.
j) One could look at the horizontal pole as being the central line through the shield, but with the thickness of a sledge runner and the loops for holding the bark down become the broken line patterns going across the shield as well.
k) The pile of sand resembling three white blobs become the muscles of the right man's outstretched arm, I suppose the right side of the boat becomes his arm in general and the three rudders become the fingers of his hand (which is one of the fairly typical things to do).
l) The sledge runner becomes the outstretched leg of the man lying injured on the bottom left, and the weapon on the ground.
|Comparison image of the Henu Barque from Papyrus of Ani |
black and white image of the Henu Barque from the Papyrus of Ani
(source: The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, The British Museum Press)