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Double fish palette?

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This palette of greywacke is roughly triangular in shape, with one corner especially rounded. It is possibly intended to represent opposing fish heads. At two side corners short, incised lines possibly indicate mouths. No overt indications of tail or eyes are evident. The palette is not pierced...

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Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Badarian to Naqada III, 4500–2960 B.C.


height x width x thicknessl: 12.5 x 5.8 x 0.6 cm (4 15/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical