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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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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Mesaid, Egypt


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical