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Rectangular palette

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This object is a well shaped, rectangular palette carved of greywacke. It is undecorated and intact. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history. Non-functional (in the utilitarian sense), often elaborately decorated "ceremonial" examples are...

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Provenance

From Zawiyet el-Aryan, Tomb 118 (Z/118/6). 1911: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: October 19, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, 2750–2649 B.C.

Findspot

Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 8.7 x 5.1 x 0.7 cm (3 7/16 x 2 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.2496

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical