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Shield-shaped palette

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This shield-shaped (scutiform) palette of light gray greywacke has incised notches decorating its outer edge on one side forming a triangular chevron pattern. There are slight traces of use. The palette is in excellent condition. Stone palettes are identified particularly with earlier periods...

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From Deir el-Ballas, Tomb B 154. 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


Height x width x thickness: 12.5 x 8 x 0.7 cm (4 15/16 x 3 1/8 x 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical