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Vessel in the form of a hare

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This may be the oldest work of art in the Museum's collections. Although its function and place of origin are unknown, a nearly identical vessel was excavated in 1978 at the Neolithic village site of Bouqras, on the Euphrates River in Syria, which was radio-carbon dated to about 6400 BC.


1995: purchased by Emanuel Tiliakos, Winchester, MA; 1996: purchased by the MFA from Emanuel Tiliakos.

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Egyptian Curator's Fund and Partial Gift of Emmanuel Tiliakos

Near Eastern, Levantine, probably Syrian, Neolithic Period, about 6400–5900 B.C.

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Length: 18.41 cm (7 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World