Egypt, Predynastic Period (Naqada II-early Naqada III), ca. 3500-3100 BCE
ca. 3200-3000 BC
9 in. x 3 3/8 in. (22.86 cm x 8.57 cm)
North Africa, Egyptian
Medium and Support
clay (Nile, Silt)
Museum Purchase, Helen Johnson Chase Fund
This container for liquids was handmade on a slow wheel, fired, and burnished. This type of vessel was developed in Predynastic Egypt and typically used for storing and serving beer. Though the shape is common in many contexts, the fine red burnished decoration of this example suggests a more elevated function as a funerary or temple offering.
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