Objet phare des musées de Grasse

International Perfume Museum

Cosmetic palette

27 May 2014 / 15h00

Cosmetic palette

Egyptian antiquity

Naqada II (3600-3000 BC), Egypt

Shale, greywacke

Inv. 94 700

This fish-shaped palette is contemporary with the founding of the first cities. These objects were deposited with the dead, but are still utilitarian objects. Used with a flint, cosmetic palettes, like this one, were used to grind the malachite. We have a green eyeshadow used to protect and decorate the eyes that the Egyptians, much later, would call oudjou.