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Disc-shaped palette

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This is a disc-shaped palette of greywacke. It has been decorated with a border of short, perpendicular incised lines/notches around the circumference. Some possible signs of slight wear (smoothing) appear near the center. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of...

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Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Dynasty 0, 3100–2960 B.C.


Diameter x thickness: 10 x 0.6 cm (3 15/16 x 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


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