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Fish-shaped palette

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Fish-shaped; perfect condition; details of form indicated by notches and cuttings on edges; tail indicated by deep notches; pierced at top (double drilled) for suspension. No evidence of wear.

Provenance

From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 155, no. 5 [M/155/5]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 9 x 1.1 x 16.7 cm (3 9/16 x 7/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.209

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical