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Rare large Egyptian Palette, Predynastic Period, 5thâ4th. mill. B.C.

Rare large Egyptian Palette, Predynastic Period, 5th–4th. mill. B.C.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1403305
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Large Cosmetic Palette of elongated trapezoidal shape, Egyptian, Pre-Dynastic Period, 5th.-4th. millenium BC.

The palette was carved from green schist and finely smoothed on all surfaces. It's extremely large and wonderful for the often rather small and rough Palettes. Three symethric drilled holes in the top, using of the ancient drilling tecnique.

Size: 19,5 cm. long and 16,5 cm. wide.

Condition: Choice and intact, partly uncleaned with sticky hard earthern deposits.

See Brunton & Caton-Thompson 1928 p. 6, 35 for a Palette roughly this size and BM EA59695

EProvenance: Jytte Soelberg Private Collection, bought in the 1970-1980 from much older collections. This piece was number 718 in the collection of two Danish contractors; before then in a German collection, with old tags, one reads in an old hand ''SminkTafel, Frúzeit, aus Æbusir, 1922'' - the findingplace and date.