Palette

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada Ic–IIc 3850–3300 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .167 Length:

Accession Number

13.3837

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Boat shaped [sometimes called “pelta” by Petrie]; roughly half-circle with two remaining projections, each of which is drilled with a suspension hole [third projection is broken off.] Patina or stain on one face, slight indication of wear on other face.

Provenance

From Mesaid tomb 896 [M/896/1]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition