Fragments of rectangular palette
Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1
Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 2/5
Height x width x thickness: 18.5 x 14.1 x 0.8 cm (7 5/16 x 5 9/16 x 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
These two stone fragments are from an undecorated (judging from the remainder) rectangular palette of greywacke. The pieces join, comprising a little more than two-thirds of the original. The surfaces of the stone are slightly worn, and some areas are stained.
Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history. Non-functional (in the utilitarian sense), often elaborately decorated “ceremonial” examples are known. Often simpler, functional examples were used to grind and mix mineral-based pigments (including ocher, malachite, hematite) that were often mixed with other substances to make cosmetics or other decorative media.
From Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 2. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: October 19, 1911)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition