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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.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 185 no.3 [M/185/3]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Object formerly labeled M/185/5. DF 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.


Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Egypt

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Height x width: 5.6 x 2.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical