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Ancient Egyptian plants: Flax
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Flax harvest     Flax is a herbaceous plant with blue flowers and was widely grown in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for its fibre which was woven into linen and for the oil which was pressed from its seeds (linseed oil).
    Economically, flax was of greatest importance and its cultivation was supervised. Metjen, a third dynasty official rose through the hierarchy:
He was appointed "strong-voiced" judge, he was made overseer of all flax of the king...
James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt, Part One, § 172
"Strong-voiced" judges were seemingly officials in the land administration.

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