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Ivory top of staff ?

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Ivory top of staff (?) with end curved in form of hippopotamus; broken and repaired: parts of shaft missing; holes for attaching to wood. From Mesa'eed.

Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 25, no. 3 [M/25/3]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic, before 3850–about 2960 B.C.

Findspot

Mesaid, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 4 x 8.7 cm (1 9/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.288

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown