Ovoid squat jar with lug handles and painted spirals

Predynastic Period, Naqada II
3650–3300 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 58, Number 3, M/58/3


Height x diameter: 16.8 x 23.5 cm (6 5/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic (marl clay)

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



Ovoid squat jar with lug handles and painted spirals. The designs are made with brownish paint. It is made of marl clay. The base is rounded, and the rim is flat and everted. The rim is chipped. One of the handles is broken off. It is in good condition.


From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 58, no. 3 [M/58/3]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; March 2, 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition