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Fragment of rectangular palette

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This is a large, almost square fragment of an originally rectangular greywacke palette. One edge is pierced with a hole for suspension. Both flat surfaces have depressions, while one face has red and black stains in the central area, all signs of use. Stone palettes are identified particularly...

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Zawiyet el-Aryan, grave 101 (Z/101/2). 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, possibly 2750–2649 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt


Length x width: 18.5 x 17 cm (7 5/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical