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This column was carved to look like a papyrus plant with a closed flower. The papyrus plant was common in ancient Egypt, and the ancient Egyptians often showed the papyrus in their art.

The papyrus plant was important to the ancient Egyptians because it was used to make papyrus scrolls. The papyrus plant was also the symbol of Lower Egypt. In fact, the name for Lower Egypt in hieroglyphs was shown as several papyrus plants growing out of the ground.

 

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