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Palette in the shape of a fish

REF RE000057 EAN 3336727443651


REF ZE000057 EAN 3336728113034


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

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