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The base is flat, and the rim is rolled and everted. The stone is a yellowish to brown color. Part of the surface is unsmoothed or battered. The rim is slightly chipped. It is complete.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, 3850–2960 B.C.


Height x diameter: 4.4 x 7.9 cm (1 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World