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Black-topped redware shoulder jar

Ware type: Black-topped redware (B ware) Vessel type: tall Profile: shoulder jar Rim type: plain, everted Base: small and flat Surface Condition: nicely burnished; black area at top very narrow over half of rim Vessel Condition: complete in seven fragments Decoration: none Other: "19" in black...

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From Mesaid tomb 599. Not on tomb card, but labeled on the side as 599 and matches 599 in object register. Could be from 699 debris. Possible match in grave photo, upper center left. Or 579; grave photo contains one black topped redware jar. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. Might be from grave 699 or 579 instead.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada I–II, 3850–3300 B.C.


Mesaid, Egypt


Overall: 15 x 10 cm (5 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World