031. Guinea Fowl (make-up palette)

031. Guinea Fowl (make-up palette)

Schist or slate
H: 9.56 cm. W: 12.3 cm
Provenance: no indication
Naqada II. Mid 4th millennium B.C. c. 3500-3300 B.C.

Made by chipping, drilling and polishing down using abrasives with water.

Condition: some weathering, ends of feet broken, the centre of the side used slightly worn from grinding the cosmetics. Very thin layer of light-coloured limestone deposit here and there.

Such palettes were for grinding green malachite, a copper ore for eye paint. Other minerals for cosmetic purposes were also ground, such as red ochre, probably used as rouge.

Our guinea fowl has a round hole to enable suspension when not in use.

The type, stylization and simplicity of the shape are indications for the date