Double bird-headed palette

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


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Tomb 210

Dimensions

Height x width: 20.7 x 8.9 cm (8 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.203

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Out on Loan

On display at Harvard Art Museums, November 18, 2015 – November 19, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Palette with birds’ heads on top; pierced for suspension; good condition.

Provenance

From Mesaid (Mesa'eed), tomb 210, no. 1. [M/210/1]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition