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Double bird-headed palette

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Greywacke palette, smooth surface; heads of birds, one missing and restored, one chipped; point is chipped; two areas of wear or ancient chips that have been smoothed over.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II–III, 3650–2960 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 21.6 x 11.4 x 0.6 cm (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.775

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical