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Ovoid with projecting "handle" on one long end; depression in center worn by grinding malachite; surface scratched and chipped; slight spot of rusty-green discoloration on reverse.

Provenance

From Mesaid [Mesa'eed], tomb 110, no. 1. [M/110/1]. 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 Period, Naqada I, 3850–2960 B.C.

Findspot

Mesaeed, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 12 x 25.4 x 1.4 cm (4 3/4 x 10 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.204

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical