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.

Collected by Mr J. H. T. Dawson in the early 20th century. When he lived and worked in Egypt he would visit different places and purchase small objects such as pottery, amulets and beads. This pot is recorded as being collected from "Girga, Abydos?",

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    4000 BC - 3500 BC about
  • Materials
    Pottery
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    J H T Dawson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1910 about
  • Measurements
    131 mm x 73 mm x 72 mm
  • Related people
    J H T Dawson ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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