Convex beaker

3850–2960 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mostagedda, Tomb 464


Height x diameter: 17 x 14 cm (6 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World



This vessel was hand built and very low fired made from a rough Nile clay. The surface is an uneven black and brown color, the blackening due to smoke stains from firing, or possibly from later use. It is made of brown ware, and burnished with a shiny sheen. In addition to the blackened patches there are also diagonal striations and much surface pitting. The base is rounded, and the rim is inverted. The rim is chipped in some areas. The form suggests a cooking pot and is like much of the earliest of the Badarian materials.

This vase was found at Mostagedda in Middle Egypt, in the province of Assiut. It was excavated in 1928 by Guy Brunton under the auspices of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. It was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as part of an exchange with the British Museum.


Findspot Information: From Mostagedda, Tomb 464: Published Mostagedda, Pl. XI, 24
By exchange with British Museum, London

Credit Line

By exchange with The British Museum