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Hippopotamus palette

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Hippopotamus form; inlaid eyes missing. Details of neck folds, snout, and tail done with incised lines. Notched mouth. Dorsal projection with suspension hole and notching. One face has a large whitish, circular stone inclusion. In excellent condition.


Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

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


.06 x .06

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The Ancient World


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