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Paint Box of Vizier Amenemope

c. 1427–1401 BCE
Overall: 2.2 x 21 x 3.6 cm (7/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 7/16 in.)
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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.
Paint Box of Vizier Amenemope

Paint Box of Vizier Amenemope

c. 1427–1401 BCE

Egypt, New Kingdom (1540–1069 BCE), Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep II (1425–1400 BCE)


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