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) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 09.889.161
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Palette with Two Birds, ca. 3300-3000 B.C.E. Graywacke, shell, faience beads, 4 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (11.8 x 22.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.161. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)