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Palette in the shape of a fish

REF RE000057 EAN 3336727443651

 Résine

REF ZE000057 EAN 3336728113034

 Bronze

Palette in the shape of a fish

The ancient Egyptians of Pharaonic prehistory used pieces of rounded or rectangular pieces of schist to grind their eye paint. The forms evolved and became more elaborate around the proto-historic period, ending in shield-shaped palettes decorated with bird heads at the top.

This example, in the shape of a fish, is incised with lines to mark the dorsal fin, and the eye is encrusted with a piece of shell.

These palettes seem to have disappeared from the 1st Dynasty onwards (towards 3300 B.C.) and their originally utilitarian purpose was subsequently replaced by a ritual role.

Reproduction in hand patinated resin
Reproduction in bronze with patina

Size
H. 9 cm (3,54"); W. 18 cm (7,09"); D. 0,5 cm (0,20")
Base
Translucent altuglas (Resin)
Black marble and metal rod (Bronze)
Origin
Legs L., I. et A. Curtis
Material of the original
Schist
Epoch
Egypt, circa 4000 B.C., Prehistoric period
Museum
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Themes
Animals, Sea
Materials
Resin, Bronze
Art movement
Egyptian Antiquities
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