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Shield-shaped palette with double bird head motif

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This shield-shaped (scutiform) palette of greywacke is carved with a double bird head motif at top. A protrusion between the heads would normally be expected to have a suspension hole, which is absent on this piece. A fragment of one bird head has broken away. A large fragment is also missing...

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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: 23.5 x 9.5 x 0.9 cm (9 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical