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.
ca. 3700-3600 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, late Naqada I Period
4 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (10.7 x 4.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
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_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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