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Slab of selenite (translucent crystallised gypsum). Roughly rectangular in form with one rounded end. The squared end, one long side and part of the rounded end were intentionally ground to shape. The thickeness of the slab is due to natural cleavage. There is no evidence of artificial thining or smoothing. Satin spar naturally occurs around the edges of one side, creating a raised frame 2-3mm thick.
Length: 14.20 centimetres (max)
Thickness: 1.30 centimetres
Width: 8.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Published: G Brunton and G Caton-Thompson, The Badarian Civilisation and Predynastic Remains near Badari (British School of Archaeology in Egypt 46, 1928) , 3, 35, pl. XXVI
R Friedman 'Badari Grave Group 569' in W. V. Davies (ed), Studies in Egyptian Antiquities: A Tribute to T. G. H. James (BM Occasional Paper 123, 1999), 8, colour plate II.4
The excavator, Guy Brunton, reported a wooden frame around the object, but no trace can be seen. He also suggested it might have been used as a mirror, but it is not reflective or magnificatory. Its purpose remains unknown.
- On display (G64/dc2)
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- Egypt and Sudan
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