According to the text on the palette, this was owned by Amenemhat/Amenemipet, a vizier who served under two pharaohs during the 18th Dynast,y around 1400 BC. In ancient Egypt a vizier was a high minister to the pharaoh who played an important role in day-to-day governance. The term "vizier" comes from Persian via Arabic; the ancient Egyptian name for this position was something like "tjaty." Two of his palettes have survived the centuries. One is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the other is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Each palette has numerous ink cakes, more than the usual red and black ink, suggesting that he may have been an artist in addition to a scribe. The Cleveland palette retains a full set of inks in five inkwells. The colors are red oxide, Egyptian blue, green (Egyptian blue mixed with orpiment and yellow ocher) and back (two cakes). The reproductions have some authentic pigments (red, black) and some modern (green, blue).
Cleveland Museum of Art 1914.680, cherry, with or without ink