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Rectangular palette

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This mottled palette of greenish-gray greywacke is rectangular with slightly tapering edges. An incised line border (both single and double lines appear) is evident but either unfinished or worn off in most areas. One corner is broken off, but the palette is otherwise intact. The surface shows...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada III, 3300–2960 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 15.8 x 9.8 x 0.7 cm (6 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical