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Imitation tusk

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Pink limestone; thin with slightly convex sides. Shape imitates tusk ornaments meant to be suspended from a leather thong which is wrapped around the groove. Appears to be white plaster on both sides, as if it had been painted to resemble tusk. A very common artifact of the Predynastic period. ...

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Said to be from Basilea. 1903: Purchased for the MFA at Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1392-03.1394, 03.1470, 03.1683, 03.1698-13.1700) for £3. 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 I–II, 3850–3300 B.C.

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Height x width x thickness: 7.5 x 2.5 x 0.8 cm (2 15/16 x 1 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment