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Rectangular palette

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This greywacke palette is generally rectangular with slightly convex edges. Incised double lines create a border around the perimeter with two additional incised chevrons on the short sides. Traces of green malachite powder remain in the center, indicating use. There are some spots with mild...

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From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 231, no. 8 [M/231/8]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 0, 3100–2960 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Height x width: 13.4 x 7.9 cm (5 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical