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Three polished pebbles: for grinding cosmetic or polishing pottery. One, considerably smaller than the other two, is of brown and white striped agate; the others are of green serpentine and pale quartzite.
Also, an oval palette of yellow quartzite: with smooth but unpolished surfaces and edges. In the middle of one side there is a green stain as a result of use.
Length: 4.18 centimetres (larger pebble)
Length: 1.61 centimetres (smaller pebble)
Width: 3.15 centimetres (larger pebbles)
Width: 1.47 centimetres (smaller pebble)
- Curator's comments
F. Ll. Griffith, 'Liverpool Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology 8 (Liverpool, 1921), 15.
For similar pebbles from Nubian Early Dynastic graves, see C. M. Firth, ‘The Archaeological Survey of Nubia’ 1907-8, pl.63b. (16); H. Åke-Nordstrom, ‘The Scandinavian Joint Expedition to Sudenese Nubia’: vols 3:1 ‘Neolithic and A-group Sites’ (Stockholm, 1972), 121 and 3:2, pl.190, (2).
For other examples of quartzite palettes from Early Dynastic Nubia, see I. Hofmann, 'Die Kulturen des Niltals', 99-100, with references given there; also H. Åke-Nordstrom, ‘The Scandinavian Joint Expedition to Sudenese Nubia’: vols. 3:1 ‘Neolithic and A-group Sites’ (Stockholm, 1972), 120 and 3:2, pls.54. 191.
- Not on display
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- Egypt and Sudan
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