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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.

Findspot

Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

11.2493

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical