Naqada II, 3650–3300 B.C.
Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 102
Overall: 7.1 x 16 x 0.7 cm (2 13/16 x 6 5/16 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition