Fish-shaped palette

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada II–III, 3650–2960 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt, Shurafa

Dimensions

Overall: 8.3 x 15 x 0.4 cm (3 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.1639

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Fish-shaped; with suspension hole. Very finely carved; only one small chip on bottom edge; no interior details. Tail distinct from body and splayed. No evidence of wear.

Provenance

From Shurafa (north of Quft), (Lythgoe's excavations; December, 1900.) Exp. Ph. O.S. B 1037. Brought from Harvard camp 1947: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Brought from Harvard Camp