Small biconical jar - 910.26.12_1


Small biconical jar

Medium:Ceramic (black-topped redware)
Geography: Undetermined site, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 5300-3000 BC
Period: Predynastic Period
10.15 x 8.9 cm
Object number: 910.26.12
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis black-topped small biconical jar is part of a typical Predynastic burial assemblage in order to provide sustenace for the deceased in the Afterlife. As a small jar, it is a closed form that may have been used to contain precious goods like oil, incense or resin.  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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