Pottery sherd with figural decoration (possibly a Bes jar)

Late Period–Roman Imperial Period
760 B.C.–A.D. 364

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis


Width x length: 5.7 x 6 cm (2 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This sherd of a vessel of a brown clay retains traces of a red wash and applied figural decoration. Depicted is an arm bent at the elbow with a hand holding an object. Both modelling and detailing are rough with minimal detailing ofthe hand and object rendered by simple incised lines. The sherd may be derived from a Bes jar, though this is not certain.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession Date: January 1, 1886)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription