Jar with antelopes

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian
Jemdet-Nasr/Ninevite 5 Period
3100–2900 B.C.

Object Place: Northern Syria


Height x diameter: 38 v 34.2 cm (14 15/16 x 13 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted pottery

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Jar in the “Ninevite 5” style, with painted antelopes. The decline of the Late Uruk culture (3500-3100 BC) was followed by the Proto-Elamite culture in the East, by Jemdet-Nasr in southern Mesopotamia, and Ninevite 5 in northern Mesopotamia. “Ninevite 5” refers to the fifth level of the excavations at Nineveh, where the pottery was first discovered. The similarity of this pottery to that of western Iran suggests close cultural ties between the two regions in the period just before the appearance of cuneiform writing.


By 1971: with Ernst E. Kofler; 1971: purchased by the MFA from Ernst E. Kofler, Lucerne, 13 October 1971.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund