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Cosmetic palette in the shape of a trussed duck.


Stone ointment bowl in the shape of a duck. New Kingdom, probably 18th Dynasty (1550-1295BC). Such items come mainly from temple contexts.


This was originally part of the Rustafjaell collection purchased by Wellcome.


See Brovarski et al. 1982, 213 for another example of a trussed duck. Other trussed animals, for examples, gazelles, as used as motifs in such open palettes. It could be that they represent offerings.


For other open cosmetic palettes in the Egypt Centre click here.



Brovarski, E. Susan K. Doll, S.K. and Freed, R.E. eds. 1982, Egypt‘s Golden Age. The Art of Living in the New Kingdom. 1558-1085 BC. Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Delanges, E. 1993. Rites et beauté: objets de toilette égyptiens. Paris.

Frédéricq, M. 1927. “The Ointment Spoons in the Egyptian Section of the British Museum”, in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 13, 11, pl. 4.

Kozloff, A.P. and Bryan, B.M. and Berman, L.M. 1993. Egypt’s Dazzling Sun. Amenhotep III and his World. Cleveland: the Cleveland Museum of Art,

Peck, W.H. 1982. Spoons and Dishes. In Brovarski et al. (ed.) Egypt’s Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom. Boston.