Jar - 910.26.3_1



Medium:Ceramic (black-topped redware)
Geography: Undetermined site, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3100 BC
Period: Naqada I-II (Amratian-Gerzean) Period, Predynastic Period
33.05 x 16.5 cm
Object number: 910.26.3
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This black-topped redware jar is part of a typical Predynastic burial assemblage, used to provide sustenace for the deceased in the Afterlife. With a restricted opening, it may have been used to contain liquids, such as water or beer. and would originaly have been closed with a stopper.  The black tops of these vessels were produced when the jar was placed upside down in ashes to produce a reducing atmosphere in the kiln; so when the rest of the vessel oxidized and  turned red, the black remained around the rim. The vessel was then hand polished to a beautiful shine.


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