Cross-lined bowl with gazelle comb and triangle motif

Predynastic Period
Naqada I (Amratian) 3850–3650 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Tomb M 763


Diameter: 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery: Nile silt ware

On View

Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)


The Ancient World



Cross-lined bowl of brown Nile silt ware, with red burnished surface and elaborate decoration in white of gazelles, floral motifs and wicker work.

This bowl is among the most inventive examples of Predynastic vase painting, combining typical motifs such as cross-hatching with a representation of an animal-topped comb similar to the ivory comb in this case.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 763 [M/763]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition