Shell with Paint Pigment

Large seashell used as paint holder. GCMS paint analysis revealed the red substance consisted of red ochre, plant oil and plant gum, a similar combination to that used to paint a royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
                                               
Egypt
C1500 BC.

Shell with red paint pigment

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