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Decorated Ware Jar Depicting Ungulates and Boats with Human Figures

Period:
Predynastic, Late Naqada II
Date:
ca. 3500–3300 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Pottery, paint
Dimensions:
h. 30 x w. 31 cm (11 13/16 x 12 3/16 in.) diam (of rim): 17 cm (6 11/16 in.) diam (of opening): 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.2.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 101
The images on this vessel represent important social or religious events, the precise significance of which is not perfectly understood. Two male and two female figures stand aboard a boat, which is depicted with oars and two cabins. In the areas surrounding the boat are mountains, birds that may represent flamingos, plants, and water.
#3220. Decorated Ware Jar Depicting Ungulates and Boats with Human Figures
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Purchased in Egypt from Howard Carter, 1920.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 22-23, fig. 14.

Glubok, Shirley 1962. The Art of Ancient Egypt. New York: Atheneum, p. 40.

Hibbard, Howard and The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York, 80, no. 7.

Cox, Warren E. 1979. The Book of Pottery and Porcelain, 1. 1979. New York: Crown Publishing, p. 33, pl. 8.

Patch, Diana Craig 2011. "Introduction." In Dawn of Egyptian Art, edited by Diana Craig Patch. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 10.

Patch, Diana Craig 2011. "From Land to Landscape." In Dawn of Egyptian Art, edited by Diana Craig Patch. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 63, 70–71, nn. 116, 122, no. 71.

Patch, Diana Craig 2011. "The Human Figure." In Dawn of Egyptian Art, edited by Diana Craig Patch. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 114.

Roth, Ann Macy 2011. "Objects, Animals, Humans, and Hybrids: The Evolution of Early Egyptian Representations of the Divine." In Dawn of Egyptian Art, edited by Diana Craig Patch. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 194.

Silverman, David P. 2011. "Text and Image and the Origin of Writing in Ancient Egypt." In Dawn of Egyptian Art, edited by Diana Craig Patch. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 207.

Allen, Susan J. 2011. "Works in the Exhibition." In Dawn of Egyptian Art, edited by Diana Craig Patch. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 250, no. 71.

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