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Double bird head palette

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Shield-shaped (scutiform) palette of gray stone. Top carved with double (highly stylized) bird head motif. Surface has slight pitting, perhaps from use. No suspension hole. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history. Non-functional (in the...

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[Provenance issue: Dates and Exp.Ph. # look like Reisner/Hearst Expedition information, as does the 1947 Harvard Camp history, rather than Lythgoe. Needs to be clarified.] From Sheikh Ali (Abadiya). Exp.Ph. O.S. C 1822 Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe in Egypt, 1900-1901 for the MFA. Brought from Harvard Camp in 1947

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Brought from Harvard Camp

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

Object Place

Shiekh Ali (Abadiya), Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 27.7 x 11 x 0.9 cm (10 7/8 x 4 5/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical