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Black-topped redware shoulder jar

Predynastic Period
Naqada I–II, 3850–3300 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 599


Overall: 15 x 10 cm (5 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Ware type: Black-topped redware (B ware)
Vessel type: tall
Profile: shoulder jar
Rim type: plain, everted
Base: small and flat
Surface Condition: nicely burnished; black area at top very narrow over half of rim
Vessel Condition: complete in seven fragments
Decoration: none
Other: “19” in black ink on base.
Not on tomb card. Might be 13-3 908


From Mesaid tomb 599. Not on tomb card, but labeled on the side as 599 and matches 599 in object register. Could be from 699 debris. Possible match in grave photo, upper center left. Or 579; grave photo contains one black topped redware jar.

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.

Might be from grave 699 or 579 instead.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition