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
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    3500 BC - 3100 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    From the estate of Miss Katherine Helena Paley, per Lancaster Museum 1966.
  • Collector
    Henry Anderson Paley
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1946 before
  • Measurements
    84 mm x 145 mm x 140 mm
  • Related people
    Henry Anderson Paley ( Collector, previous owner); Katherine Helena Paley ( Previous owner); Katherine Margaret Paley ( Previous owner)
  • Related documents/media


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