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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Zawiyet el Aryan, Egypt

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.2490

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical