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Cylindrical; thicker end is much worn around sides as if from grinding in a circular motion in a mortar; each end is battered from pounding.


1903: Purchased in Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe from Mohassib of Luxor for the MFA

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Legacy dimension: length: .20; diameter at widest end: .04

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Medium or Technique

Greywacke or basalt


The Ancient World


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