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Double bird palette

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This palette is in the form of two stylized bird heads extending from curved base (which comes almost to a point), each with prominently drilled eye holes. A vertical handle between the two heads has a drilled hole for suspension and is notched on either side for securing string. There are no...

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Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1472-03.1473, 03.1495-03.1496, 03.1506) for 12 shillings. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

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


Height x width x thickness: 10.2 x 6 x 0.4 cm (4 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical