Pigment card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum



Currently not on display


Sample of pigment from a Fifth Dynasty mastaba at Meidum belonging to Prince Nefermaat, son of King Sneferu. Described by Flaxman Spurrell as "lamp black" in reference to his 1895 experiments with colours from ancient Egypt. Sealed within two circular concave pieces of glass (watch glass) with a paper label annotated MEDUM NEFERMAT D. IV Carbon Paste”.