Grinding palette - ROM2018_16270_43


Grinding palette

Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1045 BC
Period: New Kingdom
5.2 × 38.7 × 15.7 cm
Object number: 986X2.5
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Egyptian scribes and artists used coloured inks which had to be ground into a fine powder and mixed with a medium before use. It is common for the job of grinding pigments to be given to an apprentice. 

This palette is cartouche shape, with a large depression in the center.  It would have been accompanied by a pestle of stone. It is so large that it would seem to have either been a votive offering left in a temple by a scribe, or a palette used by an artist who was working in several colours, or perhaps the palette in use by several artists and their apprentices..

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