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Double bird (or antelope horns) palette

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This rhomboidal palette of greywacke is adorned at the top with a double bird (or antelope horns) ornamentation. There is slight staining on one face and slight wear on opposite, possibly indicating use. The upper decoration shows some chippping. Stone palettes are identified particularly with...

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Said to be from Sheikh Ali (Abadiya). 1904: Purchased for the MFA in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group ( 04.1855-04.1859) for £1. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: January 1, 1904)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–II, 3850–3300 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 15 x 6 x 0.6 cm (5 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical