Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2
Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 118
Height x width x thickness: 8.7 x 5.1 x 0.7 cm (3 7/16 x 2 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This object is a well shaped, rectangular palette carved of greywacke. It is undecorated and intact.
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 118. 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