Wide-mouthed jar - ROM2019_17072_44


Wide-mouthed jar

Medium:Ceramic (black-topped redware)
Geography: Excavated at Armant, Egypt
Date: c. 4000-3200 BC
Period: Naqada I-II (Amratian-Gerzean) Period, Predynastic Period
24.56 x 20.17 cm
Object number: 935.20.4
Credit Line: Gift Of Sir Robert Mond
Not on view
DescriptionThis wide-mouthed jar was found in Armant tomb 1501 during excavations by Sir Robert Mond of the Egypt Exploration Society. It was buried with the deceased for use in the afterlife. It has a red slip with vertical burnishing and a blackened top that goes down 4.5 cm from the small vertical rounded rim. The rim is 17.5 cm in diameter. The distinct contrast between the black top and the polished red body of the vessel is achieved by controlling the firing of the vessel. The top of the vessel may have been placed upside down in the ashes of the kiln to deliberately prevent oxidation.  The vessel is hand-made of Nile silt. The flat base is 7 cm in diameter. . 
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