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Shield-shaped palette with double bird motif

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This greywacke palette is shield-shaped (scutiform) with rounded sides, an almost pointed bottom, two bird heads carved at the top. One head has mostly broken off and is missing, and the other is chipped only at crown. A drilled eye is preserved in the better preserved head. The outer edges of...

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From Zawiyet el-Aryan, Tomb 107, 2 (Z/107/2). 1911: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: October 19, 1911)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, possibly 2750–2649 B.C.


Zawiyet el Aryan, Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 27.9 x 12.1 x 0.7 cm (11 x 4 3/4 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical