Dish with a hunting-scene. Predynastic period, IV Mill. B. C., Naqada I

In the first half of the 4th millennium BC the people of Upper Egypt started to make clay vessels covered
in light yellow or white painting on reddish-brown background (the so-called Naquada I culture). Glossy
surface of the vessels was covered with geometrical patterns, images of people or animals (usually hippos
and reptiles).

This painted bowl from the collection of the State Museum of Fine Arts is decorated with a unique
hunting scene: a naked man in a bird mask and a head-dress made of feathers holds a bow with arrows in
his left hand and the leashes of four dogs in the right one.