Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2
Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 116
Length x width: 16.3 x 13.7 cm (6 7/16 x 5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This rectangular palette of greywacke has an incised triple-line border around its perimeter. It has been mended from a break, and one small fragment is missing. The surface of the stone is lightly abraded and stained red in some areas.
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 116. 1911: 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