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Palette (with Nereid on an Aquatic Dragon)

Creation date: ca. 50-75
Creation place: Pakistan

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Type: Stone Palette
Medium and Support: Schist
Credit Line: Gift of Rolando Schinasi
Accession Number: 2007.84
State/Province: Northwest Frontier provinces
Dimensions: 3 11/16 in. x 4 11/16 in. x 5/8 in. (9.37 cm x 11.91 cm x 1.59 cm)


Rolando Schinasi, Nice, France ( - October 11, 2007)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 11, 2007 - )

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4/14/2017 Diana Chou
The imagery on this palette, perhaps used for cosmetics, is derived from Greek prototypes. On it, a sea nymph rides a writhing aquatic dragon, which turns its head to inspect the contents of the bowl the nymph holds in her hand. Scholars remain uncertain as to whether the items were used for daily or ritual purposes.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

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