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Paint Palette

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Cultural Period: Ancestral Puebloan

Description: Stone palette shaped by chipping and grinding sandstone to form a rectangular shape in which three cupules are spaced equally. Each cupule still bears the remnants of minerals ground for paint pigment at Wupatki Pueblo. The yellow, orange, and brown pigments are derived from iron-rich minerals such as limonite, ochre, and perhaps hematite.

Dimensions: 23.0L x 11.7W x 3.7T cm.

Collection: On display at Wupatki National Monument (catalog card).

Author
Dan Boone/Ryan Belnap, Bilby Research Center, Northern Arizona University
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