Detail of the Battlefield Palette

Detail of the Battlefield Palette

The lower half of a palette of grey mudstone: together with a cast of another fragment in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The palette is decorated on both faces with scenes in low relief. On one …

Naqada Jar with Painted Decoration

Naqada Jar with Painted Decoration

This clay pot is an artifact from ancient Egypt. It is Predynastic, the earliest period in Egyptian history. The pot was created during what is known as the Naqada II period (3500-3200 BC), long before …

Model Ship with Figurine in a Fetal Position

Model Ship with Figurine in a Fetal Position

Belief in a physical afterlife endured for thousands of years. An early example from prehistoric Egypt, is a ceramic model of a boat with a man in a fetal position, sailing to the afterlife where …

Bowl with crocodiles

This flared bowl with a flattened rim is typical of the pottery production of the early Predynastic Period. Generally characterized by the red coloring of the surfaces, decoration consists of geometric motifs or stylized plants …

Gerzeh Palette

This unusual schist palette was part of a Predynastic funerary assemblage which also contained ordinary vessels. It has an oval shape that widens slightly towards the top and it is pierced so that it could …