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Lenticular palette with bird head

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This greywacke palette in generally lenticular shape with a small protrusion in the shape of a stylised bird head at one end. The beak has broken off. No further details are evident. A suspension hole has been drilled along an outer edge. There are no significant signs of use/wear. A slight...

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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 I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 cm (4 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical