Palette in the Shape of a Boat
This palette apparently represents a Nile boat with upcurved prow and stern and a small cabin amidships. Boats played an important role in Egyptian life, both as the primary means of transportation and as important religious symbols.
- Medium: Graywacke
- Place Made: El Ma'mariya, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 3700-3600 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period, late Naqada I Period
- Dimensions: 4 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (10.7 x 4.6 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: 07.447.613
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Palette in the Shape of a Boat, ca. 3700-3600 B.C.E. Graywacke, 4 3/16 x 1 13/16 in. (10.7 x 4.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.613. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Small thin slate palette of crescent shape, with stylized protusions on both ends and in center, perhaps representing a boat with a bird's head at the prow, its tail at the stern, and the cabin, represented by a three-pronged square, in center. Perforated by two string-holes, in the protrusions of center and tail. The round edge is rather sharp. Condition: Intact but for a tiny notch in middle of curved edge. Traces of use.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)