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Superbly crafted stone vessels are among the most impressive products of Early Dynastic art. Artists chose and shaped their stone carefully to maximize the decorative effect of the natural color and banding. Travertine was the most popular choice, because it is soft and relatively easy to work,...

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From Abydos, tomb of Den. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: August 1, 1901)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, reign of Den, 2873–2859 B.C.

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Abydos, Egypt


Height: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World