Feline/leonine palette

In the style of Nagada II

Object Place: Egypt, Said to be from Naqada


Height x width x thickness: 12 x 6 x 0.5 cm (4 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Greywacke, ivory

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

This object is not an ancient piece, though it has obviously been made in an attempt to imitate the style of Predynastic palettes.

It is a palette of gray stone in the shape of a feline/lion with an inlaid eye of ivory, set with black adhesive visible in and around a drilled pupil. One of two small protruding ears is chipped. Parts of the two legs have broken off. A small handle projects from the top with a drilled suspension hole, which is notched on either side for string. The inlaid eye was put in place before the final finishing of the surface, as the striations go over both.


Not ancient. 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