This painter's palette was carved from a single piece of ivory and tinted with red and black stain. Six oval wells contain cakes of pigments including blue, green, brown(?), yellow, red, and black. The oval cartouche at one end encircles the throne name of Amenhotep III, Nebmaatre, and the epithet "beloved of Re."
Sekhmet is the most important of the Egyptian lioness Goddesses. She has two distinct aspects to her personality–one dangerous and destructive, and the other protective and healing. Her name means “the female powerful one”, and she is a daughter of the sun God Re. Sekhmet was said to breath fire and could also send plagues to the king’s enemies. However, in her protective role, she had the power to ward off plagues and pestilence, gaining her the epithet “mistress of life“.