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Fish-shaped palette

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One of two palettes in the shape of a fish from the same tomb. They may represent the bulti fish, a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. Hole drilled from both sides on top for suspension; no indication of notching or eye. Tail is splayed. There are slight depressions on both sides that have...

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From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 102, no. 2 [M/102/2]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Mesaid, Egypt


Overall: 8.9 x 14.2 x 0.5 cm (3 1/2 x 5 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical