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Egyptian Predynastic Naqada Schist Palette - Fish Form

Ancient Egypt, Early Gerzean, Naqada II, ca. 3500 to 3200 BCE. A smooth, flat, greenish-grey schist palette, in the form of a wide-bodied fish. The shape of the palette is a rounded body with a small projecting tail. A hole has been drilled through the upper part of the body, perhaps used to hang this item on a wall for storage. Palettes like this one were used by the Egyptians to make cosmetics for eye paint and eye protection. They are often found in the form of stylized animals; more elaborate forms, some with relief carvings, were made for temple ceremonies where priests would apply makeup to images of deities. Size: 6.6" W x 4.55" H (16.8 cm x 11.6 cm)

See a similar example at the British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=126269&partId=1&searchText=egypt+palette&images=true&page=1

Condition: Small chips from edges and scratching on surface commensurate with age.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Thomas Collingwood collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, acquired before 1970

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