Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2
Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 133
Height x width x thickness: 18.5 x 15.8 x 1 cm (7 5/16 x 6 1/4 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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The outer edge of this ovoid palette of greywacke is decorated with an incised, single-line border with additional short lines in a saw-tooth/chevron pattern. One surface of the palette has been worn slightly concave from use.
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 133 (Z/133/3). 1911: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: October 19, 1911)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition