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Turtle palette

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This palette of greywacke is carved in the shape of a turtle. Its head is a thin projection from a roughly circular body. The eyes are partially drilled indentations with no trace of inlay. The mouth, or possibly tongue, is protrudes slightly from head. Four legs are indicated by short stumps...

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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 I–II, 3850–2960 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 13.8 x 10.2 x 0.5 cm (5 7/16 x 4 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical