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Double bird palette

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This greywacke palette is in the shape of two stylized bird heads with drilled eyes. One head is broken and mended, but still missing small chips and restored at the crown. The upper portion of the opposite head has also been restored. A roughly rectangular projection between the heads forms a...

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Provenance

From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 197, no. 3 [M/197/3]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 6.3 x 10 x 0.4 cm (2 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.226a-b

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical