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Tag in the form of a man

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Human figures sometimes take the form of rectangular ivory tags with incised and inlaid decoration. This schematically rendered tag-type figure with a pointed beard portrays a man or possibly a deity, and may have served as an idol or amulet. The man's only garment is a simple belt or loincloth,...

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From Sheikh Ali. 1904, purchased in Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe. (Accession Date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Tag with human head

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, 3650–3300 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Sheikh Ali, Egypt


Height x width: 6 x 1.9 cm (2 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World