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This piece is decorated with two bird heads carved in profile along the top. They may be falcons, perhaps a religious reference to the sky god Horus. Their eyes are drilled and may have originally been inlaid with stone. A third hole in the center might have been used to hang this palette, which was used to grind mineral pigments for eye make-up.

Egypt, Predynastic Period
Naqada II, ca. 3500 - 3000 B.C.

"Double Bird-Headed Palette"
Green slate, 13-1/8 x 5-5/16 inches
Gift of the Atlantes Society, 1990.7
Collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum