|ITEM||Fish shaped cosmetic palette with remains of green eye paint|
|CULTURE||Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II|
|PERIOD||3400 – 3200 B.C|
|DIMENSIONS||80 mm x 190 mm|
|PROVENANCE||Ex 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.