Thursday, May 20, 2010

MFA Preview: Container in the Shape of a Hare

The Museum of Fine Arts has an extensive Near Eastern (Mesopotamian) collection. The oldest artifact in the MFA's collection is a vessel designed to look like a wild rabbit. The artifact is from the Neolithic period (New Stone Age) in Syria. It has been dated to come from almost 8,400 years ago.

Vessel in the form of a hare
Near Eastern, Levantine, probably Syrian, Neolithic Period, about 6400–5900 B.C.
Length: 18.41 cm (7 1/4 in.)
Classification: Vessels
On view in the: Ancient Near East Gallery
This may be the oldest work of art in the Museum's collections. Although its function and place of origin are unknown, a nearly identical vessel was excavated in 1978 at the Neolithic village site of Bouqras, on the Euphrates River in Syria, which was radio-carbon dated to about 6400 BC.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Egyptian Curator's Fund and Partial Gift of Emmanuel Tiliakos, 1995
Accession number: 1995.739
Provenance/Ownership History: 1995: purchased by Emanuel Tiliakos, Winchester, MA; 1996: purchased by the MFA from Emanuel Tiliakos.

1 comment:

  1. this is super doper cool!
    i am going to find this!

    evelyn a