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Palette in the Shape of a Boat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
This palette apparently represents a Nile boat with up-curved prow and stern, and a small cabin amidships. Boats played an important role in Egyptian life, both as the primary means of transportation and as important religious symbols.
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Place Collected: El Ma'mariya, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3700–3600 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, late Naqada I Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (10.7 x 4.6 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.447.613
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small thin slate palette of crescent shape, with stylized protusions on both ends and in center, perhaps representing a boat with a bird's head at the prow, its tail at the stern, and the cabin, represented by a three-pronged square, in center. Perforated by two string-holes, in the protrusions of center and tail. The round edge is rather sharp. Condition: Intact but for a tiny notch in middle of curved edge. Traces of use.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Palette in the Shape of a Boat, ca. 3700–3600 B.C.E. Graywacke, 4 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (10.7 x 4.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.613. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.613_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.07.447.613_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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