The ancient Egyptians used stone palettes as surfaces on which they ground green or black pigments into powder. After adding a gumlike adhesive to the powder, they applied the mixture as eye makeup.
This palette represents a fish called tilapia, which lived in the Nile and was a symbol of fertility. The Egyptians also ate tilapia, and it is still a popular dish today.
- Medium: Graywacke
- Reportedly From: Ma'mariya, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 3400-3200 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period, late Naqada II - early Naqada III Period
- Dimensions: 6 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (17 x 10.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 07.447.611
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fish-Shaped Palette, ca. 3400-3200 B.C.E. Graywacke, 6 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (17 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.611. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (77%)