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Shield-shaped palette with crenellated top

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This is a shield-shaped (scutiform) palette of greywacke. It has been given a crenellated top edge (six teeth) with drilled suspension hole immediately below. Its bottom edge is slightly rounded. One face is slightly worn, possibly indicating use. It is in excellent condition. Stone palettes...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada III–Dynasty 0, 3300–2960 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 20.5 x 9 x 0.7 cm (8 1/16 x 3 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

03.1486

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical