Scutiform palette with double bird head motif

Predynastic Period
Naqada III, 3300–2960

Findspot: Egypt, Kafr Ghattati, tomb 2

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Shield shaped palette with double birds head on top; one head is broken off, te other is shipped. Head has eyes on both sides that are only partially drilled through. Drilled suspension hole in central projections. Body in good condition with no chips; red stain and depression from use on one face and slight depression on reverse.


From: Kafr Ghattati, tomb 2, object 2 [K.G.2]: 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