Mar 29, 2007

Paint Box of Vizier Amenemope

Paint Box of Vizier Amenemope

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


Did you know?

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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