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Scorpion paletter: E.8.1898

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Current Location: Gallery 20


Scorpion paletter






Stone grinding palette in the form of a scorpion. Scorpions could be protective or threatening. They commonly appear during the early dynastic period. They are possibly a reference to the 'Scorpion King' who ruled before the first king of Egypt whose name that we have- Narmer. This type of object is called a 'pallette' and was used for grinding natural substances such as charcoal for makeup. During this early period they also seem to have served a religious or symbolic purpose.

Measurements and weight

Height: 17 cm
Length: 23.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1898) by Egyptian Research Account


Early Dynastic
About -3000 - About -2500

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.8.1898
Primary reference Number: 49548
Oldadmincategory: S
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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