Cosmetic Palette card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Cosmetic Palette


Currently not on display


Slab of polished cream coloured stone with dark patches (smoky quartz or calcite?) typical of palettes used for grinding eye-paint found in graves of A Group culture. Trace of green mineral on one side. Adhered to the surface is a large label from the 1922 Sotheby's auction of Reverend William MacGregor's collection. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Worn, label adhered to surface. Purchased for Henry Wellcome at Sotheby's 26 June - 06 July 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 1116: "Three Grinder Stones, one in aragonite, 61/2 in by 4 1/4 in; the others in black and white mottled granite, the larger 5 1/2 in by 3 3/8 in, the smaller 45/8 in by 33/4in; also a section of a nodule of flint almost circular, with a coating of white silica enclosing it like a ring".