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GBP (£) 500 - 700
EUR (€) 590 - 820
USD ($) 670 - 930

Sold for (Inc. bp): £559

Egyptian Cosmetic Palette

Late Period, 664-332 BC

A rectangular granite cosmetic palette with chamfered underside, shallow central recess. 402 grams, 11.6cm (4 1/2"). Fine condition.

From the private collection of a medical professional; from the private collection of Mr A.; acquired circa 1980.

Cf. Bourriau, J., 'Pharaohs and Mortals. Egyptian Art in the Middle Kingdom, Cambridge, 1988, p.145, no.152; see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession number 15.3.1131.

Palettes such as this were used as mortars for grinding cosmetic pigments, intended for application to the face and eyes.