Medium shouldered jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Predynastic Period
Naqada II
Pottery (Marl)
Number of Elements
Height: 218mm | Rim diameter: 123mm | Maximum diameter: 225mm | Height of maximum diameter: 155mm | Base diameter: 70mm | Vessel index: 103

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A painted pottery jar with a flat base and three horizontally pierced triangular lug handles. It has a rolled rim. The vessel is handmade. It has got a compacted surface. There are four horizontal lines of wavy red decoration directly below the rim, and below this, there's a row of joint red triangles. There is one small painted wavy line near the base. It has been repaired. Some small chips are missing on the rim and near the handles. The vessel is made of Marl clay. The jar was originally in fragments and has since been restored. It dates to the Naqada II Period. The Naqada Period is named after the site of Naqada in Upper Egypt, just north of Thebes. For an overview of ideas on the origins of D-ware, see Askamit, 1998, 36–37. The current opinion is that D-ware originates in Upper Egypt in the Naqada-Abydos area.


Aksamit, Joanna 1998. The D-ware from Abusir el-Meleq. In Eyre, C. J. (ed.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge, 3–9 September 1995, 31–38. Leuven: Peeters.

Munsell Chart Reading

Main colour: 7.5YR 7/6 reddish yellow | Decoration colour: 2.5YR 4/4 reddish brown

Vienna System
Marl A

Last modified: 04 Mar 2022

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