Oval palette

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada I, 3850–2960 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaeed, Tomb 110

Dimensions

Overall: 12 x 25.4 x 1.4 cm (4 3/4 x 10 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.204

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Ovoid with projecting “handle” on one long end; depression in center worn by grinding malachite; surface scratched and chipped; slight spot of rusty-green discoloration on reverse.

Provenance

From Mesaid [Mesa'eed], tomb 110, no. 1. [M/110/1]. 1910: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition