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Wavy-handled jar with spatter decoration

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As the Predynastic Period progressed, a new style of pottery emerged, made of hard, buff-colored desert clay and decorated with reddish brown paint. The spatter pattern on the jar seen here imitates the mottling of a hard stone such as diorite. The shape of this jar was widely popular, featuring...

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From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 109 [M/109]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place for Label


Mesaid, Egypt


Height x diameter: 12.7 x 12.7 cm (5 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery: Marl clay


The Ancient World