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Ancient Pharaoh's Throat Was Slashed Posted by Rossella Lorenzi Tue Dec 18, 2012 01:32 PM ET Ramesses III, Egypt's last great pharaoh, had his throat slashed in a royal coup led by his son and one of his wives, according to new forensic analysis. Photo: Mummy of Ramesses III, Cairo Museum Credit: G. Elliot Smith/Wikimedia Commons.
Pharaoh Menkaure with Two Goddesses, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt..... Kenneth Garrett
Paddle Doll, Egypt, 2030–1802 B.C.E. The so-called paddle doll consists of a flat piece of wood depicting the torso, rudimentary arms and neck of a woman, with a thick shock of "hair" made of beads strung on linen thread. The body is often painted with jewelry, textile patterns or tattoos. Contrary to their name, these "dolls" were not toys. The key-hole shape of the body is similar to the counterpoise of the menat necklaces that were used as percussion instruments during religious ceremonies.