About this object

Bird-shaped cosmetic palette of greywacke stone with central projection at the top that is pierced. The left side representing the tail is broken off. The head has a circular groove for the eye that would once have contained an inlay of ivory or stone but is now missing. Objects like this were used with a pebble to grind minerals such as malachite to make eyepaint. Marked in pencil on one side XX, and on the other side 3. Excavation not recorded but most likely from when Amy Urlin was part of an excavation team led by her brother-in-law, Professor Flinders Petrie, at Abydos, 1900-01.

Compare with Petrie 'Diopolis Parva' (London, 1901), pl. XII (nos. 35-8) which Petrie dates to Sequence Date 50 - 40.

Exhibited at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, 1912 – 1915. A Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums registration label was stuck to the object, the loan number pencilled in: 39k-’12.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    3500 BC - 3100 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs E J F Hearne
  • Collector
    Amy Urlin
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    75 mm x 99 mm x 6 mm
  • Related people
    Margaret Joyce Edelweiss Hearne ( Previous owner); Amy Urlin ( Collector, previous owner)

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  • Egyptian exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, 1912 - 1915

    Start date: 1912
    End date: 1912
    Description: Janet May Buchanan organised the first Egyptian exhibition in Glasgow, bringing together loans of objects from W. M. F. Petrie, Amy Urlin and many other collectors. The exhibition opened in November 1912, with Margaret Murray producing a catalogue of the exhibits. Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums registration label were stuck to the objects, with the loan number pencilled in. Objects Amy Urlin lent were returned to her on 1st April 1915. Amy’s collection was purchased by Liverpool Museums in 1944.


Previous owners

  • Margaret Joyce Edelweiss Hearne

    Owned from: 1932
    How acquired: Inherited from Urlin
    Owned until: 1944
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Amy Urlin

    Owned from: 1901
    How acquired: Excavation or Purchase
    Owned until: 1932
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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