Marble palette


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

Cycladic people created marble utensils, including palettes. Here, scientific analyses have found abundant remains of red cinnabar, as well as small traces of other blue and green pigments on the surface. Recurrent traces of red pigment on Cycladic palettes suggest that they were used to prepare colors for application to statuettes and perhaps also to human beings.

Marble palette, Marble, Cycladic

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group shot with 1997.70