Pottery vessel

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Predynastic case
Object Type
Predynastic Period
Naqada II
Pottery (Nile silt)
Egypt, Naqada, Grave 278
Height: 141mm | Maximum | Diameter: 112mm | Base Diameter: 30mm | Height of Maximum Diameter: 80mm | Rim Diameter: 80mm | Vessel Index: 79
Number of Elements

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An ellipsoid black-topped redware vessel with a chipped rim. It has a flat base, round body, and a direct rim slight lip. Made of Nile silt, the vessel is burnished on the outside, except for the base. This item is from grave 278 at Naqada. Naqada was excavated by Petrie, sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Fund. Such pots date to the Predynastic Naqada II Period (3500-3100BCE). 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: 2.5YR 3/4 dark reddish brown


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. Petrie, W. M. Flinders and J. E. Quibell 1896. Naqada and Ballas: 1895. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [1] (1st year). London: Bernard Quaritch. Smythe, J. 2005 Monuments in Mud, 'Nekhen News' 17, 21-23).

Other Identity
278 (tomb number written below the rim in pencil and on base in black ink)
Auction Details
Excavated by Flinders Petrie and the Egyptian Research Account in 1895 at Naqada, grave 278.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 11 Mar 2022

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