Can You Identify These Plants from Ancient Egypt?

Plants of all kinds were much beloved in ancient Egypt, and here is a selection  from tiles, tombs and wall inscriptions.  Can you identify them?  Over the next few days I will put up a blog giving their identity and function in the life and lore of the country.

Send suggestions, which I’ll not put up until the blog with ‘answers’ is put up.

The first four are from a wonderful Flickr site: Hans Ollermann’s photostream  :

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2.

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3.

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4.

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Below, 5 through 8 are all the same plant:

5.

Source: cowofgold-wikispaces.com.  Nos. 1 & 2, below, are the same plant.

Source: cowofgold-wikispaces.com. 

6a  (top plant) & 6b (3 standing plants)

1- Plant in left upper corner. Source: Rock Tomb of Meir, Chapel B, No.2 (Blackman, 1915)2- Behind the statue, in containers.  Source: Koptos (Keimer, 1924a, p.142)

1- Plant in left upper corner. Source: Rock Tomb of Meir, Chapel B, No.2 (Blackman, 1915)
2- Plant that is behind the statue, in containers. Source: Koptos (Keimer, 1924a, p.142)                             1 and 2 are the same plant.

7. (two standing plants, lower register)

Tomb of Sennedjem.  Source: osirus.net

Tomb of Sennedjem. Source: osirus.net

8. (reproductions of the same plant)

These are examples of all of the same plant.  Source: samorini.it

These are examples of all of the same plant. Source: samorini.it

9. (tree)

 Tomb, Siwa Oasis, 400-600 BC. Source: unknown.

Tomb, Siwa Oasis, 400-600 BC. Source: unknown.

10. (tree)

Sennedjem tomb.  Source: osirus.net

Sennedjem tomb. Source: osirus.net

11. (two standing plants)

Tomb of Sennedjem.  Source: osirus.net

Tomb of Sennedjem. Source: osirus.net T

12. (Trees being put aboard the ship)

Budge, E. A. Wallace. The Nile Notes for Travellers in Egypt. (Harrison and Sons, London 1902). p. 408._TIMEA

Budge, E. A. Wallace. The Nile Notes for Travellers in Egypt. (Harrison and Sons, London 1902). p. 408._TIMEA

Have fun!

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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5 Responses to Can You Identify These Plants from Ancient Egypt?

  1. Pingback: Quiz on Identifying Ancient Egyptian Plants | DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, the Middle East, Agriculture, History & Culture

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  3. Clanmother says:

    The colors are fabulous!!,

    Like

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