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Rectangular palette

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This greywacke palette is shaped as a rectangle with rouned corners and slightly convex short sides. Its outer edges are slightly beveled and have been chipped. Traces of green pigment remain on the active surface and indicate use. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods...

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From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 2093. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Naga el-Hai (Qena), Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 19 x 8.2 x 1.1 cm (7 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical