Fish-shaped palette

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


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 102

Dimensions

Overall: 7.1 x 16 x 0.7 cm (2 13/16 x 6 5/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.210

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

One of two palettes in the form of a fish from the same tomb. They may represent the bulti fish, a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. The palette is nearly complete, with minor chipping around tail and all-over surface scratching. Dorsal fins or scales are indicated by notching. The tail is small and not splayed. Eye and dorsal suspension holes are drilled. Eye hole is surrounded by three more incomplete drilled holes which do not perforate the stone.

Provenance

From Mesaid [Mesa'eed] tomb 102, no. 1. [M/102/1]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition