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Palette of gray stone shaped as double bird motif. One bird's head broken off and missing; remaining head has drilled eye hole. Central projection/handle is pierced for suspension and is notched on either side for stringing. Two more drilled holes near the rounded base of the object. No...

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From Mesaid, tomb 197, no. 2 [M/197/2]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (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: 10 x 6.5 x 0.4 cm (3 15/16 x 2 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical