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Artists

Unknown Artist (Egyptian) ; Artist Unidentified

Title

Red Polished Ware Jar

Creation Date

Egypt, Predynastic Period (Naqada II-early Naqada III), ca. 3500-3100 BCE

Century

ca. 3200-3000 BC

Dimensions

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

Object Type

ceramic

Creation Place

North Africa, Egypt

Medium and Support

clay (Nile, Silt)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Helen Johnson Chase Fund

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

2011.17
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.

Additional Media

Additional Image AncientJar.2011.jpg
AncientJar.2011.jpg

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