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Ovoid palette

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The outer edge of this ovoid palette of greywacke is decorated with an incised, single-line border with additional short lines in a saw-tooth/chevron pattern. One surface of the palette has been worn slightly concave from use. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of...

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From Zawiyet el-Aryan, Tomb 133 (Z/133/3). 1911: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA 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 2, 2750–2649 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 18.5 x 15.8 x 1 cm (7 5/16 x 6 1/4 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical