Cosmetic Palette card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Cosmetic Palette


Currently not on display


Polished black mudstone or greywacke cosmetic palette in the form of a turtle with protruding head with incised eyes. Ivory inlay is now missing from the eyes. Objects like this were used with a pebble to grind minerals such as malachite to make eyepaint. Chipped in places and the limbs are broken off. Compare to 'Prehistoric Egypt Corpus' (1921), p. LII, 14 D; Compare with a similar turtle-shaped palette in the British Museum 37913 dated to Naqada I.