Ancient Egypt, Predynastic period, Naqada II, ca. 3650 to 3300 BCE. A simple yet elegant redware pottery vessel formed from coiled Nile silt, its spout and shoulders fired at a slightly higher temperature to induce the pigment to become black. The jar features an elongated, acorn-shaped body, a rounded shoulder which tapers to a diminutive neck, a rolled rim, and a wide mouth, all balancing atop a miniscule circular base. The highly-burnished exterior surfaces are covered with iron-oxide slip and fired to create rich, saturated red hues and a carbon-black upper part. This piece exhibits an elegant silhouette evocative of ancient Egyptian artistry and was intended for burial with offerings aplenty. Size: 2.8" W x 5.85" H (7.1 cm x 14.9 cm); 6.45" H (16.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Dr. Sid Port collection, California, USA, acquired in the 1980s
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Spout is repaired, as is one small area lower on the body; there are tiny losses around these repair lines. Otherwise the vessel is in great condition with all pigment original. Nice deposits on surface.