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Palette in the shape of a fish

Slate; fish form; incised details on edge; inlaid eye; pierced for suspension. From Mesa'eed.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 123, no. 6. [M/123/6]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I, 3850–3650 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Mesaid, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical