Bird-headed palette

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


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Tomb 185

Dimensions

Height x width: 5.9 x 2.5 cm (2 5/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

11.223

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

On View

Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Slate; bird’s head at top; pierced for suspension; good condition. From Mesa’eed.

Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 185, no. 2 [M/185/2]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Diane Flores notes that object was identified as "amulet" on tomb card, probably because of size.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition