About this object

Ovoid neckless jar with small rounded rim and flat base. Burnished red pottery with shiny black band around the top. Some greying at the interface between the red and black. “Black topped ware” is the most prominent type of hand made pottery in the Predynastic Period and typical of Naqada I and early Naqada II periods. The ware acquired its name from its most distinct visual feature: a black band at the top of the vessel which was achieved by putting the vessel upside down in a bonfire. Those areas deprived of oxygen and smoked by the burning fuel would turn black in firing while the rest of the surface became a glossy red. Marked in pencil '384', a tomb number assigned by Petrie for Naqada (or Ballas). A label accompanying the pot says, "To dear Mrs Pearle from Margaret Taylor, July 12th. 1904."

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    3500 - 3100 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
    Before 1904
  • Measurements
    162 mm x 155 mm
  • Note
    Compare with Anna Wodzíńska, 'A Manual of Egyptian Pottery Volume 1' (Boston, 2009) Naqada II 35, p. 133.
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  • Egyptian Research Account Excavations at Naqada, 1894-95

    Start date: 1894
    End date: 1894
    Description: Excavations by Flinders Petrie and James Quibell at Naqada during the winter of 1894-5 for the Egyptian Research Account.


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