Writing Palette and Brushes of Princess Meketaten
Ivory, rush brushes, red, yellow, and black pigments Reed
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandil
The existence of the palette suggests that the royal princesses were educated in the scribal arts. The palette is inscribed for “the king’s own beloved daughter, Meketaten, born of the chief wife Nefernefruaten-Nefertiti, given life forever, eternally.” The last phrase implies that the palette was a funerary gift for the princess, who died during her father’s reign.
Photo by Brass Ivy Design, object and info from the Metropolitan Museum of Art