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Red Polished Ware Jar

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Artist Unidentified (Egyptian)


Red Polished Ware Jar

Creation Date

ca. 3200 BCE - 3000 BCE


9 in. x 3 3/8 in. (22.86 cm x 8.57 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Egyptian

Medium and Support

clay (Nile, Silt)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Helen Johnson Chase Fund


Public Domain

Accession Number


This container for liquids was handmade on a slow wheel, fired, and burnished. This type of vessel was developed in Predynastic Egypt and typically used for storing and serving beer. Though the shape is common in many contexts, the fine red burnished decoration of this example suggests a more elevated function as a funerary or temple offering.

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