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Polishing stone

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 5
Reign:
reign of Isesi–Unis
Date:
ca. 2381–2323 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Perneb, MMA excavations, 1913–14
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
L. 13.3 × W. 5.3 cm (5 1/4 × 2 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1914
Accession Number:
14.7.96
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 100
Found in the debris of the shaft and burial chamber of Perneb's tomb, this fragment of limestone is most likely a polisher, used to smooth the surface of worked stone objects or walls.
From Saqqara, purchased from the Egyptian government, 1914.

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