Large conical jar

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A black-topped redware pottery vessel. The auction catalogue of MacGregor's items of 6th July 1922, lot 1745 states 'Six vases all of archaic period and found at Neqadeh and Zawaideh, chiefly from Professor Petrie's excavations'. There is a number, '759' written in black ink on the vessel. This may be the excavation number. Such vessels date to the Predynastic Naqada I-II period (4000-3100 BCE). Black-topped redware is a fine red pottery with blackened rim. How such vessels were decorated has been much debated. Sequence date 34-46


Hendrickx, Stan, Renée Friedman, and Fabienne Loyens 2000. Experimental archaeology concerning black-topped pottery from ancient Egypt and the Sudan. Cahiers de la céramique égyptienne 6, 171–187. Smythe, Jane 2005. Moments in mud. Nekhen News 17, 21–23.

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