c. 1427–1401 BC
Boxwood with inscription inlaid in Egyptian blue
Overall: 2.2 x 21 x 3.6 cm (7/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 7/16 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.680
Find spot: Thebes, Egypt
Painting was a popular and time-honored pastime among the upper classes in Egypt.
This paint box still preserves its original cakes of pigment: one cake each of red (red ocher), blue (Egyptian blue), green (a mixture of Egyptian blue, yellow ocher, and orpiment) and two of black (carbon black, from charcoal). It belonged to Amenemope, who was vizier, or prime minister, under Amenhotep II. Amenemope probably used his paint box for recreation.
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