About this object

Roughly oval-shaped cosmetic palette used to grind pigments such as malachite or galena, from which eye-paint was made. This palette has been worn through by constant use. There is a drilled perforation at the edge, no broken. Excavated in 1904 at Abydos from the lowest deposits of the early town, within the walls of the Osiris Temenos.

Marked in ink "ABYDOS II. Pl. I". This is a reference to a publication with an illustration of the object, but the correct reference is actually Abydos part III pl. I.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    3100 BC - 2900 BC about
  • Materials
    Greywacke
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Professor Aylward Manley Blackman, 1936
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1904
  • Measurements
    12 mm x 58 mm x 143 mm
  • Note
    'Abydos: Part III : 1904' by Ayrton E. R., C. T. Currelly and A. E. P. Weigall, p. 46, pl. I [4].
  • Related people
    Aylward Manley Blackman ( Collector, previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Abydos: Part III: 1904

    Ayrton E. R., C. T. Currelly and A. E. P. Weigall

    Author: Ayrton E. R., C. T. Currelly and A. E. P. Weigall
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1904
    Description: 'Abydos: Part III : 1904' by Ayrton E. R., C. T. Currelly and A. E. P. Weigall. With a chapter by A. H. Gardiner. Special Extra Publication of the Egypt Exploration Fund (London, 1904).

Ownership

Previous owners

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