Crude jar with lug handle

3850–2960 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 959


Overall: 11 x 9 cm (4 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Ware type: R ware
Vessel type: squat
Profile: ovoid
Rim type: plain
Base: rounded
Surface Condition: burnt; coarse fabric
Vessel Condition: missing large section of rim; condition not great
Decoration: single lug handle remains; sort of ear shaped- pinched up from clay rather than applied
1. Previously incorrectly identified only through a line drawing of Photo B1962 which has each pot labeled. 671 is not in the object register, nor is there an original tomb card for it.
2. now thought to be M/959; appears drawn on tomb card.


From Mesaid tomb 959 [M/959].
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.

Object previously incorrectly identified as [M/671/a] through photo B1962 (line drawing of). Tomb 671 has no tomb card or grave photo, nor is it listed in the object register. Matches sketch on tomb card for M959.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition