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Rectangular palette

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This greywacke palette is almost rectangular in shape, showing slightly rounded corners and tapering long sides. Modeling and smoothing of the surfaces are irregular. Its outer edges are chipped. The center of one surface is scratched and worn, possibly indicating use. Stone palettes are...

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From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 231, no. 13 [M/231/13]. 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, Predynastic Period, Naqada III, 3300–2960 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Length x width: 14.5 x 10.1 cm (5 11/16 x 4in.); Range of thickness: 0.8-1.4 cm (5/16-9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical