Decorated pottery vessel with a buff background and red painted decoration that is a little faded. Flat based, shouldered with slight neck and rim. Large shoulder and rim sherd mended. The Naqada provenance is only assumed from the painted motifs on the vessel which are typical of this period. The decoration is a varied pattern including ships, trees, standards and ostriches. When fired, the surface of the vessel would become a suitably light-coloured background for the decoration which was applied before firing with a wash containing iron oxides which fired reddish-brown.