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Jar with painted boats

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The second half of the Predynastic Period witnessed the emergence of one of ancient Egypt's most distinctive and beautiful pottery styles, known today as "decorated ware." This unusually large jar is one of the best examples of the type. Handmade of fine, buff clay, it features decoration in...

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From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 877 [M/877/2]. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; awarded to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place for Label


Mesaid (Mesa'eed), Egypt


Height x diameter: 19.1 x 15.8 cm (7 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery [Marl clay]


The Ancient World