Palette or Amulet in the Shape of a Turtle
This object represents a river turtle, which early Egyptians may have considered a sinister creature of the muddy depths. By making an image of it, they believed they could put its power to good use.
- Medium: Graywacke
- Place Made: El Ma'mariya, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period, Naqada II Period
- Dimensions: 1 15/16 x 1 3/4 in. (5 x 4.4 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: 07.447.619
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Palette or Amulet in the Shape of a Turtle, ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E. Graywacke, 1 15/16 x 1 3/4 in. (5 x 4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.619. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Small, thin, flate, tutle-shaped, slate palette. The head with marked snout and all four legs, with toes indicated by notches on both faces, are well defined and protruding. Elegant form. Perforated by string-hole at hind end. Discolored as if by use. Condition: Intact.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)