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Double bird palette

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This greywacke palette has been shaped with two opposing stylized bird heads atop a roughly rectangular body. The majority of one head has broken off and is missing, while the other head is intact. No suspension hole is evident. Both the upper and lower extents of the main palette area have a...

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Provenance

From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 148, no. 1 [M/148/1]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (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: 4.7 x 3.1 x 0.4 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.231

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical