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Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Panther skin on apron

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Tomb of Ramses VI (KV 9)

NOTE: These tiny panther or leopard pelts appear at the top of the king’s apron.  Sometimes, only the head of the cat is articulated, other examples (like this one) also show the forelegs and paws, and others include the hind legs and tail hanging below.  This example is executed only in paint, but many relief examples exist.

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