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Fish-shaped palette

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Fish-shaped; the edge notched in places on both faces, top and bottom; pierced for suspension but no indication of eye; tail is separate from body tip of mouth chipped; signs of wear on one side.


From Tukh. January 1901: purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe in Egypt for the MFA. Brought from Harvard Camp in 1947.

Credit Line

Brought from Harvard Camp

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

Object Place for Label

Tukh, Egypt


Overall: 11.5 x 0.7 x 21 cm (4 1/2 x 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical