The Narmer Palette


The Narmer Palette is a ceremonial stone, about 2-feet high, that is made of slate. It was used to grind cosmetics, but not for cosmetic use in daily life. It may have been used to grind cosmetics for offerings at a shrine to a local god.


This amazing object had been dedicated toward the end of the Old Kingdom and

was an ancient relic even then, over 1000 years old at the time it was buried. This object is especially rare because it reveals the unification of Egypt.



This palette shows that Narmer has come to the Delta, destroyed the walled city, taken over the land, and captured the king. He has become the first king of a unified Egypt.