Squat jar filled with organic material including barley?

Egyptian
Predynastic Period
Naqada II–III, 3650–2960 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 862

Dimensions

Overall: 14 x 19 cm (5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.5352

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Ware type: D ware
Vessel type: squat
Profile: ovoid
Rim type: flat everted
Base: rounded
Surface Condition: dark discoloration obscures the red line decoration (burnt?)
Vessel Condition: good; rim chipped but complete
Decoration: red vertical lines visible in some spots
Other: 2 tubular lug handles
*** ORGANIC MATERIAL INSIDE***
looks like traces of burnt black barley embedded in hard-pack dirt matrix; has a slightly resinous sweet spicy smell.

Provenance

From Mesaid tomb 862 [M/862/2]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition