It is regarded as a prime example of the astonishing craftsmanship of the ancient Egyptians. Roughly triangular and covered in markings, in itself it is nothing new: cosmetic palettes are known throughout Egyptian history. However, the mystery lies in what this palette is trying to show us. Many believe that the Narmer Palette is the very first.
Dominating the scene is an overly sized man wielding a mace about to strike a man held my his hair, presumably symbolic of Narmer's enemies; the large man wears the white crown of Upper Egypt (which looks like a bowling pin). Above the kneeling victim is a falcon, typically identified as Horus (protector of the kings).