Large globular jar with incised decoration

A-Group to C-Group
3100–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Dakka, Cemetery 101, Grave 16


Overall: 30.5 x 13.1 cm (12 x 5 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This large, nearly symmetrical globular jar is made of a reddish clay. It has a rounded base, a wide mouth, and very slightly worked rim. Figural decoration has been incised into the surface to depict three stick-like human figures and two more abstract designs of three vertically joined diamonds, which may be trees or other botanicals. Slipped rough-redware with large fire-cloud near base; cracked and in pieces (complete) at rim; one side is badly damaged from exposure.


From Dakka (ASN 101/16). 1910. Excavated by Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the Egyptian government.

(Accession Date: July 5, 2006)

Credit Line

Archaeological Survey of Nubia