Palette in rectangular shape - 909.34.8_1


Palette in rectangular shape

Geography: Undetermined site, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 3200-3000 BC
Period: Naqada III, Protodynastic Period
14.93 x 8.25 cm
Object number: 909.34.8
Not on view

Greywacke palettes, such as this thin, smooth rectangular one, are among the most commonly found personal possessions in Predynastic graves. They were found in the graves of both men and women, frequently near the face. These palettes were used to grind minerals into a fine powder for use as eye paint. Malachite, an ore of copper, was most commonly used for mascara, while galena, an ore of lead, was commonly used as the eye-liner kohl. The ends and sides of this pallete are flat. There is a triangular break in the surface on the top and one corner is slightly damaged. The period of Naqada III is characterized by geometric shaped palettes (square and circular, as well as rectangular).

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