A rare Egyptian Diorite Palette Grinder, Pre-Dynastic Period, ca. 3300 - 3000 BCE
It is very unusual to find these useful little tools dating to such an early time in ancient Egyptian history. The small size suggests personal use especially since there is a hand-drilled hole at the top of the domed form so the grinder could be worn and not get lost! If you look closely at this hole you can see there are wear marks from being strung using a piece of rope or leather. With its domed form and smooth sides, it fits comfortably in the hand and was clearly used often for the base is very smooth.
cf: Petrie, WMF "Naqada and Ballas" (1895), pl. LVIII
Dimensions: Height: 1 7/8 inches (4.6 cm)
Condition: With some very minor surface losses, intact and in very good condition overall. A very interesting piece!
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from the trade in 2002. Prior provenance is lost but the remains of an antique collection label is still attached to the body.
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