A Rare Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Cosmetic Palette, Nagada I ca. 3800-3400BC

This green schist palette is of particular interest because of the unusual form; of even thickness, it is carved in the earliest geometric style with good flat sides.

For related example cf:  Brunton, G. & Caton-Thompson, "The Badarian Civilization and PreDynastic Remains near Badari" (London, British School of Archaeology, 1928) Plate LII, no. 138.

Beginning in the Predynastic era, the Egyptians used schist palettes to grind up malachite and galena. These materials were used as eye paint for both health and cosmetic purposes. The palettes have geometric, animal, and shield forms.  Important historical, religious, and mythological events were later engraved upon them. The inscribed palettes were sometimes deposited in temples as ex-votos, which are offerings in fulfillment of a vow. 

Condition:  Some minor chips to the upper and lower edge that do not detract, depression to the center indicate use, intact and in very good condition overall.  Museum quality custom mount.

Dimensions:   Overall height: 11 inches (27.94 cm)

Provenance:   S.Bono private collection, Chicago, IL, acquired in the early 2000's.



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