Egyptian Naqada pottery jar with ship decorationE277
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An ovular painted pottery jar with two pierced lug handles. Each side of the vessel is painted with a stylised ship with multiple oars upon which two cabins are placed on the deck. To the front and rear of the ship are a palm frond and an ensign on a pole. Groups of wavy lines are placed around the vessels to symbolise water.
These vases painted with ships, sometimes adorned with human figures and animals, are among the most enduring and enigmatic of images from prehistoric Egypt.
Egypt, Pre-Dynastic, Naqada II, 3500-3200 BC
10.9 x 7.2 cms
Surface wear as seen in the photographs
Ex. deceased private estate, Battle, East Sussex, UK; acquired mid 20th Century