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Rectangular palette of dark gray stone. Incised double-line border line on one face. Possible signs of wear. Excellent condition. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods of ancient Egyptian history. Non-functional (in the utilitarian sense), often elaborately...

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[Provenance issue: Exp.Ph. # and 1947 Harvard Camp history look more like Reisner/Hearst Expedition than Lythgoe purchase. Needs clarification?] From Quft. Exp.Ph. O.S. C 1822 Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe in Egypt; January, 1901 for the MFA. Brought from Harvard Camp in 1947

Credit Line

Brought from Harvard Camp

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

Object Place

Quft, Egypt


Length x width x thickness: 7.8 x 10 x 0.8 cm (3 1/16 x 3 15/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical