Hanging jar with loop handles - ROM2016_15061_9


Hanging jar with loop handles

Medium:Yellow limestone, carved and smoothed
Geography: Undetermined site, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 3500-3100 BC
Period: Naqada II (Gerzean) Period, Predynastic Period
9.9 x 8.6 cm
Object number: 909.80.187
Not on view

The Predynastic Period in Egypt saw the advent of the use of hard decorative stones for grave goods, especially for small vessels to contain oils and unguents for use of the deceased in the Afterlife. This vessel is made of a polished yellow indurated limestone. Limestone was one of the most common materials used for stone vessels in the Predyanstic Period. This vessel is a ovoid jar with two opposing pierced vertical loop handles.  The flat sharp edged ledged rim has a diameter of 6 cm. The flat base has a diameter of 3 cm.. Horizontal drill marks in interior.

Small bit of damage around neck. The neck is corrugated with a wider ridge at base and two thinner horizontal ridges above. The rim is an oval 2.5 x 2 cm. The base is slightly flattened. The interior seems to have been gouged out by a hand-held grinding tool and only covers the centre of the vessel, so not much could be contained inside. The hollow is an uneven conical shape with vertical ridging.

The technological skill to drill out the interior of stone vessels was just beginning in the Naqada II and III Periods and vessels such as this are early examples of ancient Egyptian craftsmen grappling with the challenge of hollowing out the interior of closed vessels.

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