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Disc-shaped palette

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This is a disc-shaped palette of greywacke. It is decorated with notches around the outer edge, creating a chevron design. No hole for suspension has been drilled. There are two notable chips in the outer edge. The surface of the stone shows significant scratching/scuffing, and some areas are...

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From Zawiyet el-Aryan, grave 144. 1910-11: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: October 19, 1911)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.


Zawiyet al-Aryan, Egypt


Diameter x thickness: 11.2 x 0.6 cm (4 7/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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