Dish, red earthenware, press-moulded and burnished with no foot or rim, incised with a square crossword motif in the centre, a geometric border pattern, and a tiny scorpion. The numbers incised in the corners of the squares, the blacked out squares indicated with incised decoration, the others left plain. The spaces around the crossword with all-over tooling using a square-ended tool. Faint burnishing marks in the form of parallel lines are visible on the surface, especially on the plain areas.
Reproduced by permission of the Nigoumi estate. © The Trustees of the British Museum
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