Egyptian fish shaped cosmetic palette with remains of green eye paint

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ITEMFish shaped cosmetic palette with remains of green eye paint
MATERIALStone
CULTUREEgyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II
PERIOD3400 – 3200 B.C
DIMENSIONS80 mm x 190 mm
CONDITIONGood condition
PROVENANCEEx Museum Exhibiton of the Arbeitsgruppe für Biblische Archäologie, Germany (Deaccession)

Stone palettes were used as surfaces on which to grind green or black pigments into powder. After adding a gum-like adhesive to the powder, the mixture was applied as eye makeup.

This palette represents a tilapia fish, which lived in the Nile and was emblematic of fertility. The Egyptians also ate tilapia, and it is still a popular dish today.