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Double bird palette

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This greywacke palette is roughly shield-shaped (scutiform) with somewhat squat, wide proportions. Its top is carved with a highly stylized double bird head motif. A suspension hole is drilled at the center of the top. Grinding marks appear on one side, indicating use. The lower right portion...

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From Deir el-Ballas, Tomb B 103 (103/5). 1900-1901: excavated by George A. Reisner for the Hearst Egyptian Expedition of the University of California (which became the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in 1905); by 1947: at Harvard Camp, Giza; 1947: shipped to the MFA from Harvard Camp. (Accession Date: January 1, 1947)

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Brought from Harvard Camp

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.


Deir el-Ballas, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 12.5 x 9.7 x 0.7 cm (4 15/16 x 3 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical