Pottery vessel

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Black topped red ware
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Egypt, Naqada, Grave
Height: 229mm | Diameter: 112mm
Number of Elements

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A black topped red ware pottery vessel. '4027' is written on ink near the base of the vessel (presumably MacGregor's numbering). The item is from the MacGregor collection. 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 ink on the vessel. This may be the excavation number. The vessel has an auction label circular with on the outside and another on the interior indicated that it was sold at this auction. Such vessels date to the Predynastic Naqada I-II period (4000-3100 BCE). Black topped red ware is a fine red pottery with blackened rim. How such vessels were decorated has been much debated.


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
Other Identity
4027 (written in black ink near base of vessel) | 840 | (759, or 7/59 is written in ink on the side of the vessel, it is presumed to be an excavation number.)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 1745
Previous Owners
Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 11 Oct 2021

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