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Turtle palette

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This large palette of reywacke is in the form of a turtle with somewhat asymmetrical modeling. Two drilled indentations on the obverse of the turtle's head indicate its eyes, one of which retains an inlaid eye made of shell or ivory bead. The inlay has a drilled hole for the pupil. A...

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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–III, 3850–2960 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 17.5 x 15 x 0.6 cm (6 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Greywacke; ivory or shell


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical