Incised potsherds, four fragments

Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1
2960–2770 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 401


height x width (a): 23.4 x 12.2 cm (9 3/16 x 4 13/16 in.) height x width (b): 8.5 x 7.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 15/16 in.) height x width (c): 28 x 12 cm (11 x 4 3/4 in.) height x width (d): 16.5 x 13.8 cm (6 1/2 x 5 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Four incised body fragments. They are thick brown ware from large jars, with portions of wet-incised serekhs. The surface is worn. It is broken and mended.

There are two fitting pieces with a serekh. It has a lot of surface salts. It could use cleaning and removal of old glue, which formerly held the two pieces together. (Second in photo in the publication- see documentation, and probably a-b in this accession number)

There is one piece with a partial serekh. The surface is flaking. (Fourth from the left in the publication photo, probably d in this accession number).

Piece c bears a hut or serekh shaped incised design with a rounded end. It fits with a smaller piece. (Unlocated but may be in the pottery shelves and yet uninventoried; March, 04)


From Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 401. 1911: 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.

Findspot Information: From Zawyet el-Aryan Z 401 [or 486? according to publication]

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition