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Fish-shaped palette

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This greywacke palette may be a stylized representation of a fish. Two suspension holes are drilled through at the top suggest interpretation as fish rather than a vertically oriented shield-shape. Depressions are worn into the center of both surfaces, suggestive of use. There is considerable...

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From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 16, no. 7 [M/16/7]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II–III, 3650–2960 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 13.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 cm (5 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical