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Lenticular palette

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This greywacke palette is roughly lenticular, possibly intended as a stylized fish shape. Once broken in two fragments, it has been mended. The smaller fragment is in more battered condition. The ends appear to have come to points, but have been chipped. A slight depressio in the surface may...

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From Zawiyet el-Aryan, grave 218. 1910-11: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds 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 1, 2960–2770 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 13.3 x 7.9 x 0.8 cm (5 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical