<em>Palette with Two Stylized Bird Heads</em>, ca. 3500–3100 B.C.E. Slate or schist, 5 1/16 x 3/8 x 11 5/8 in. (12.9 x 1.0  x 29.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.580.126. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.580.126_front_PS2.jpg)

Palette with Two Stylized Bird Heads

Medium: Slate or schist

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 3500–3100 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 5 1/16 x 3/8 x 11 5/8 in. (12.9 x 1.0 x 29.5 cm)



Accession Number: 16.580.126

Image: 16.580.126_front_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wedge-shaped slate palette, with rounded corners, slightly blunted tip. Decorated on broad end with two falcon-heads, half of the beak cut out, the remainder marked by deep groove. On both heads a round eye is carved out on each face, and inlaid with perforated flat bead of shell that fills the whole space; its center is filled with some dark paste. Perforated by a string-hole in middle beneath heads; thin. One face flat, the other slightly convex. Brownish grey slate. Condition: Tip battered. One beak broken off and missing, with traces of glue at break. (Wilbour’s sketch shows two heads.) From the surface of adjacent head, on convex face, a thin flake that had been chipped off was glued on again in modern times. Other beak badly battered on both faces. On the flat face at right border, a small flake was chipped off and glued on. Slightly scratched and rubbed.

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