Small decorated jar with boat scenes

Predynastic Period
Naqada II (Gezean) 3650–3300 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 665


Overall: 11.8 x 9 cm (4 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



D ware, globular jar decorated in red with boat scene.
Boats have 2 cabins each and are decorated with palm fronds at the rear. One boat has the nome standard of the goddess “Bat” and the other has a standard with what looks like a letter Z, often seen as a potmark on vessels from Mesaid. Z shaped birds fill the area between the boats.
Vessel has 2 tubular lug handles, a tiny flat base, and a rolled everted rim which is also decorated with wavy lines.
Vessel is in good condition with no defects.


From Mesaid Tomb 665. (Mesa'eed), [M/665/5] 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Tomb card shows the placement of the pot near the skull of the burial.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition