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Fragment of rectangular palette

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This is a fragment of (likely) rectangular palette of greywacke with two parallel incised lines along the remaining finished edge as a border. The original dimensions unclear from remaining fragment. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history....

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From Zawiyet el-Aryan, Tomb 34 (Z/34). 1911: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: October 19, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt


height x width (overall): 8.5 x 6.3 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.) Thickness (finished edge): 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical