Pottery jar



Accession Number
W756
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Predynastic case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Vase
Period
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Material
Pottery (Nile silt)
Measurements
Height: 92mm | Maximum Diameter: 73mm | Rim Diameter: 70mm | Base Diameter: 37mm | Height of Maximum Diameter: 75mm | Vessel Index: 80
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A small black-topped redware jar with a shouldered body, flat base, and direct rim, which dates to the Predynastic Naqada I-II Period (4000-3100 BCE). The top is broken. The Naqada Period is named after the type site in Upper Egypt, just north of Thebes. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1920. Black-topped redware is a fine red pottery with a blackened rim. How such vessels were decorated has been much debated.

Munsell Chart reading

Exterior: GLEY1 2.5/ black and 10R 4/4 weak red | Interior: 7.5YR 2.5/1 black

Bibliography

Hendrickx, S., Friedman, R. and Loyens, F. 2000. Experimental Archaeology concerning Black-topped red ware from Ancient Egypt and the Sudan. 'Cahiers de le Ceramique Egyptienne' 6, 171-185. Smythe, J. 2005 Monuments in Mud, 'Nekhen News' 17, 21-23).

Wellcome Number
A26620
Auction
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 15 Jun 1920, Lot 297
Auction Details
Seven bowls of same ware.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 10 Feb 2022

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