About this object

Burnished red pottery jar with shiny black band around the top. “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. Ovoid shape with flat base. Numbers marked on the base are now difficult to read, except 2205 in ink that is MacGregor's catalogue number.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date made
    4000 - 3500 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Naqada
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    135 mm x 65 mm
  • Related people
    Egyptian Research Account (Previous owner); William MacGregor (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

Where is this object from?

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  • Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby's 26 June - 6 July 1922)

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Sotheby's
    Date: 1922
    Description: Professor Percy Newberry was very familiar with MacGregor's collection and produced the text for Sotheby's catalogue. There is useful detail, such as where the objects were collected and some photographs.


  • 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.

  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale of the MacGregor Collection 26 June - 6 July 1922

    Start date: 1922-06-26
    End date: 1922-06-26
    Description: Sale of Revd. William MacGregor's collection of Egyptian antiquities.


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1922-07-06
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William MacGregor

    Owned from: 1895
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1922-07-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Egyptian Research Account

    Owned from: 1894
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1895
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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