Black Topped Jar



Burnished red pottery inverted beaker 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. The catalogue card says that a piece is missing from the rim but has been restored. Marked in black 414. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete with previous repair, chipped rim, surface loss, concretions on interior of rim, surface dirt, scratched, pitted surface, running cracks, adhesive on surface, worn base.