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Disc-shaped palette

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This disc-shaped palette is carved of greywacke. Some ridges left after smoothing create a somewhat uneven surface. The surface is also heavily scratched, but otherwise in good condition. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history....

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Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 6, object 1 [M/6/1]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 10.8 x 9.7 x 0.8 cm (4 1/4 x 3 13/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.202

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical