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Fish-shaped palette

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One of two palettes in the form of a fish from the same tomb. They may represent the bulti fish, a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. The palette is nearly complete, with minor chipping around tail and all-over surface scratching. Dorsal fins or scales are indicated by notching. The tail is...

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From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 102, no. 1. [M/102/1]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, 3650–3300 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Overall: 7.1 x 16 x 0.7 cm (2 13/16 x 6 5/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical