About this object

Squat ovoid jar with pierced lug handles for suspension. Pale pink clay with decoration of spirals and wavy lines in red. The shape of this type of jar was derived from a stone prototype (for examples see 49.47.401 and 1977.112.143), and the starting point for the decoration was similarly an imitation of the mottled appearance of red breccia. When fired, the surface would become a suitably light-coloured background for the decoration which was applied before firing with a wash containing iron oxides which fired reddish-brown.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    3500 BC - 3100 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss A. M. Robson & Miss Natalie Gosselin per Lancaster Museum 1966.
  • Collector
    Austin Paley
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    84 mm x 145 mm x 140 mm
  • Related people
    Lancaster City Museum (Previous owner); Austin Paley (Collector)


Previous owners

  • Lancaster City Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Donation
    Owned until: 1966
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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