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Palette in the Shape of a Fish

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Stone palettes were used as surfaces on which to grind green or black pigments into powder. After adding a gum-like adhesive to the powder, the mixture was applied as eye makeup.

This palette represents a tilapia fish, which lived in the Nile and was emblematic of fertility. The Egyptians also ate tilapia, and it is still a popular dish today.
MEDIUM Graywacke
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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Palette in the Shape of a Fish, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.611_erg456.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.07.447.611_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 12/17/2007
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