Skip Navigation

Jar with Impressed and Incised Decoration

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

Early Nubian potters often decorated vessels with two or three rows of geometric shapes, usually triangles or squares. Sometimes they added a rhythmic design, as in this example, by using a pointed tool to create dots and dashes.

MEDIUM Clay, paste
  • Possible Place Collected: Mezaideh, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3300–3100 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada III Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/16 x diam. of mouth 3 in. (12.8 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.889.445
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Red pottery jar, of ovoid shape, asymmetrical, with flattened base, the bottom perforated with a big hole. Slightly inset wide mouth without lip, the rim sharply splayed inward. Incised decoration, consisting of three irregular bands of inverted triangles filled with incised horizontal dotted lines. The last row of triangles forms a seven-pointed star with the base as a center. The white paste with which the incised lines were filled has been partly preserved. The rim is pierced with four holes for fastening cover. Condition: Broken and repaired. Numerous chips and holes, besides an artificial hole in the center of the bottom.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Jar with Impressed and Incised Decoration, ca. 3300–3100 B.C.E. Clay, paste, 5 1/16 x diam. of mouth 3 in. (12.8 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.445. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.889.445_view02_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 09.889.445_view02_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.