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Palette for Cosmetics

ca. 3400 BCE
Predynastic Period (ca. 5300-3000 BCE)
2 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 5/16 in. (6.5 x 9.6 x 0.8 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Object Type: Jewelry
Medium and Support: Green slate
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard N. Schilling
Accession Number: 1982.16
Location: Currently on view
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This carefully balanced piece may have been used to predict the will of the gods or the future by observing its movements when suspended.

[Gallery label text, 2004]

Provenance
Mark Dent-Brocklehurst (ca. 1932 -1972), Gloucestershire, England; his sale, Sotheby's, London, May 4, 1970, lot 59; purchased at that sale by Mr. and Mrs. Bernard N. Schilling, Rochester, NY; their gift to the Gallery in 1982

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