Shield-shaped palette with double bird head motif

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


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .115 x .075

Accession Number

03.1487

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools and equipment

Shield shape (scutiform) with 2 birds heads facing outward; short wide projection with suspension hole between the two. The heads are unevenly made, but palette is in otherwise good condition with minor chips at edges. No evidence of grinding wear.

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 (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund