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Rectangular palette

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This rectangular palette of greywacke is undecorated. A suspension hole is drilled center along the top edge. The flat surface is abraded from use, leaving one concave face. One corner is chipped very slightly. The object is in excellent condition. Stone palettes are identified particularly...

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From Deir el-Ballas, Tomb no. B 148. 1900-1901: excavated by George A. Reisner for the Hearst Egyptian Expedition of the University of California (which became the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in 1905); by 1947: at Harvard Camp, Giza; 1947: shipped to the MFA from Harvard Camp. (Accession Date: January 1, 1947)

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Brought from Harvard Camp

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.


Deir el-Ballas, Egypt


Length x width x thickness: 11 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (4 5/16 x 2 13/16 x 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical