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Palette with Two Birds

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Place Excavated: El Ma'mariya, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 4000-3200 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada I-Naqada II Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 9/16 x 26 in. (14.2 x 66.1 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.447.600
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Palette with Two Birds, ca. 4000-3200 B.C.E. Graywacke, 5 9/16 x 26 in. (14.2 x 66.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.600. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.07.447.600_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/16/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Big slate palette, elongated lozenge-shaped, decorated on one end with two stylized bord-protomes over two shrot horns, forming a gracefull antithetic lyre-like pattern with a circle in center. The other end is thinned on both faces (intentionally?). Near the center of one face a very small square groove is filled with a dark brown substance (now partly fallen out), perhaps with a meaning, but more likely a natural garnet. Condition: Intact but for a very slight chip at tip. Stained. Traces of use.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (71%)
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