About this object

Burnished red pottery jar with shiny black band around the top. Flat based shouldered form with slight rim. “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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    3800 BC - 3300 BC
  • Materials
    Ceramic
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
    1894 - 1895
  • Measurements
    85 mm x 67 mm x 63 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Naqada and Ballas

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Quibell, James Edward and Spurrell, F.C J

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Quibell, James Edward and Spurrell, F.C J
    Publisher: Quaritch, Bernard, London
    Date: 1896
    Description: Flaxman Spurrell wrote chapter 10, 'The Flint Implements of Naqada' pp. 55-59 and made illustrations of flints for plates LXVIII - LXXV. Available online http://archive.org/details/cu31924028748261

Events

  • 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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Previous owners

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