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Shield-shaped palette with double bird head motif

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Shield shape (scutiform) with 2 birds heads facing outward; short wide projection with suspension hole between the two. The heads are unevenly made, but palette is in otherwise good condition with minor chips at edges. No evidence of grinding wear.


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.


Legacy dimension: .115 x .075

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The Ancient World


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