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Bag/shell/turtle-shaped (?) palette

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This light greywacke palette is of squat, bag-shaped proportions, possibly intended to imitate a bivalve shell or a highly stylized turtle form. It is wide and rounded at one end, narrowing to a squared off edge at the other, where a double-drilled suspension hole was placed. Edges chipped. One...

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From Naga el-Hai (Qena), Tomb K 128. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada III 3300–2960 B.C.


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt


Width: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


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