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Cosmetic Palette

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Men and women used palettes such as this one to grind small lumps of green or black pigment for eye paint. This example, worn hollow in the center from extensive use, was discovered in the owner’s grave.
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Place Excavated: El Ma'mariya, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2850–2675 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 1 to early Dynasty 2
    PERIOD early Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 x 2 15/16 in. (10.1 x 7.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.447.606
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Cosmetic Palette, ca. 2850–2675 B.C.E. Graywacke, 4 x 2 15/16 in. (10.1 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.606. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.606_erg3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.07.447.606_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/21/2007
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