Hand-turned tall-shoulderd jar with a thickened rim. Decorated with a scene of four crocodiles and eleven snakes around the body, and four scorpions around the shoulder. This jar offered the owner apotropaic protection on land and water. With this no harm could come from poisonous snakes and scorpions and the most dangerous predator of the Nile, the crocodile. Once full of food it also provided sustenance in the afterlife.
Described by Percy Newberry in the 1922 'Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection' as being "found on the east side of the Nile, opposite Gebelein", which is the Mo'alla area. Could this be from Jacques de Morgan's 1895/6 excavations in the Gebelein area? The pot is the same design as a pot from Abadiya, grave B379 now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (E.2882); and similar to a jar decorated with crocodiles and snakes in Brooklyn Museum (no. 61.87). Petrie assigned the Ashmolean pot a sequence date of 60. For a discussion of this distinctive group of 'magical jars' see an essay by Diana Craig Patch, From Land to Landscape, in 'Dawn of Egyptian Art' (New York, 2011) pp. 79-81.