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Spoon handle

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This object is the handle fragment from a decorated ivory spoon. It is decorated with incised geometric designs filled in with black: a wide band of cross-hatching at top; two winding parallel lines terminating at two horizontal parallel lines at approximate middle; nine horizontal lines at...

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From Mesaid tomb 511 [M/511]. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Badarian to Naqada III 4500–about 2960 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Length: 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Household