Vessel in the form of a hare

Near Eastern, Levantine, probably Syrian
Neolithic Period
about 6400–5900 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 18.41 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1995.739

Medium or Technique

Gypsum

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This may be the oldest work of art in the Museum’s collections. Although its function and place of origin are unknown, a nearly identical vessel was excavated in 1978 at the Neolithic village site of Bouqras, on the Euphrates River in Syria, which was radio-carbon dated to about 6400 BC.

Provenance

1995: purchased by Emanuel Tiliakos, Winchester, MA; 1996: purchased by the MFA from Emanuel Tiliakos.

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund and Partial Gift of Emmanuel Tiliakos