Rubbing stone

Egyptian
Predynastic Period, Naqada I–Dynasty 2
2750–2649 B.C., or earlier


Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 8.7 x 1.7 x 0.5 cm (3 7/16 x 11/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.1496

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

This rubbing stone of greywacke has long, thin proportions (about the size of a finger). There is a small chip or imperfection on one side.

Rubbing stones were used in the crafting process to apply a polished or burnished treatment to a surface.

Provenance

Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1472-03.1473, 03.1495-03.1496, 03.1506) for 12 shillings. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund