Palette with Two Birds
Egyptians rubbed palettes like these with small pebbles to grind green or black pigment for eyepaint. These cosmetics accentuated the eyes and protected against sun glare and infection. Eyepaint palettes were also thought to provide magical protection, which could be enhanced by giving them animal shapes such as shown here. The palettes were important possessions that were often buried with their owners.
- Medium: Graywacke, shell, faience beads
- Dates: ca. 3300-3000 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period, late Naqada II-Naqada III
- Dimensions: 4 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (11.8 x 22.5 cm)
- Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, EXHIBITION-3, ECAMEA-3G44
- Accession Number: 09.889.161
- Image: CUR.09.889.161_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 0, 4/2/2009