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Bird-headed palette

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Slate; bird's head at top; pierced for suspension; good condition. From Mesa'eed.

Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 185, no. 2 [M/185/2]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Diane Flores notes that object was identified as "amulet" on tomb card, probably because of size. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, 3650–3300 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 5.9 x 2.5 cm (2 5/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

11.223

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical