Jar with Zigzag Panels
Writing first appeared in Egypt about 3200 B.C. Many scholars have long believed that writing came to Egypt from western Asia. Inscribed objects recently excavated at Abydos in Upper Egypt may predate extensive contact between Egypt and the Near East, which would mean that writing developed in both places independently. Many signs and pictures that evolved into writing initially served decorative purposes. The zigzag lines on the sides of this jar, made at least a century before writing began, later became the hieroglyph for "water."
- Medium: Pottery, painted
- Dates: ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period, Naqada II Period
- Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 5 in. (16.5 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 09.889.402
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Jar with Zigzag Panels, ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E. Pottery, painted, 6 1/2 x 5 in. (16.5 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.402. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (75%)