Small decorated jar with boat scenes

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada II (Gezean) 3650–3300 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 665

Dimensions

Overall: 11.8 x 9 cm (4 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3955

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

D ware, globular jar decorated in red with boat scene.
Boats have 2 cabins each and are decorated with palm fronds at the rear. One boat has the nome standard of the goddess “Bat” and the other has a standard with what looks like a letter Z, often seen as a potmark on vessels from Mesaid. Z shaped birds fill the area between the boats.
Vessel has 2 tubular lug handles, a tiny flat base, and a rolled everted rim which is also decorated with wavy lines.
Vessel is in good condition with no defects.

Provenance

From Mesaid Tomb 665. (Mesa'eed), [M/665/5] 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Tomb card shows the placement of the pot near the skull of the burial.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition