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Shield-shaped palette

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This obejct is a shield-shaped (scutiform) palette of greywacke. It does not carry any ornamentation. One area of wear appears near the center of one face, possibly indicating use. The outer edges are slightly chipped in some areas. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier...

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Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II–III, 3650–2960 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 20 x 9 x 0.8 cm (7 7/8 x 3 9/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical