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


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.