Slender beaker with opposing integral handles - ROM2016_15061_7


Slender beaker with opposing integral handles

Medium:Basalt, carved and smoothed
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3100 BC
Period: Naqada I-II (Amratian-Gerzean), Predynastic Period
18.1 x 9.5 x 8 cm
Object number: 909.80.148
Not on view
DescriptionSome of the earliest stone vessels found in Egypt date to the fourth millennium BC from the site of Maadi; they are commonly made of basalt, from the nearby quarry at el-Haddadin. Working such a hard stone as basalt would be laborious at best; perhaps basalt was used for grinding stones or querns and then being familiar to the craftsmen was worked into vessels.  An example of these early basalt vessels is this slender beaker 18 cm tall with two opposing integral handles. These handles have clearly been drilled in from either side as the diameter of the hole decreases toward the centre from 1.2 to .8 cm. The interior was hollowed out by a drill about 6 cm in diameter. Narrow horizontal scratch marks in the interior have not been smoothed.
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