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Double bird palette

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This greywacke palette is in the form of two stylized bird heads extending from a lower portion that may originally have been shield-shaped, but which is now in rather battered, incomplete condition. The heads are somewhat assymetrically modeled, but form a circular edge on the upper portion...

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Provenance

Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

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

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 4.6 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm (1 13/16 x 1 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

03.1474

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical