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Fragment of Palette

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

The court of Amunhotep III showed great interest in Egypt's past. This fragment comes from a cosmetic palette made just before or during Dynasty 1. The figure of a servant on one side was part of the original carving. Fourteen centuries later, the palette was recarved with images of Amunhotep III and Queen Tiye. The bent elbow and arm on the reverse match images from a larger fragment in Cairo.

  • Reportedly From: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3200-2800 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY 0 Dynasty-I Dynasty
    PERIOD Late Predynastic Period to early Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/16 x 1 15/16 x 13/16 in. (8.1 x 5 x 2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Fragment of Palette, ca. 3200-2800 B.C.E. Schist, 3 3/16 x 1 15/16 x 13/16 in. (8.1 x 5 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.175. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE back, 66.175_back_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of a dark green schist palette showing in bold relief on one side a bearded man holding a pot; curious checker pattern underneath; far leg advanced. On other side elbow in sunk relief. Condition: Fragmentary, chipped, and worn
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