Medium Ellipsoid Jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Predynastic case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Predynastic Period
Naqada III
Pottery (Nile silt)
Height: 236mm | Maximum Diameter: 192mm | Rim Diameter: 134mm | Base Diameter: 85mm | Height of Maximum Diameter: 130 | Vessel Index: 81
Number of Elements

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A medium-sized ellipsoid red pottery vessel with a flat base and a direct rim with an internal ledge. The internal ledge has four holes made pre-firing. The jar is decorated with an antelope, bull, hare, and an ibex below a trellis pattern. Dating to the Naqada IIIC Period. It could be classed as D-ware however, the shape and decoration is not paralleled in D-ware. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1906.

Munsell Chart reading

Exterior: 2.5YR 4/6 red


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

3D Model