About this object

Decorated pottery vessel with a buff background and red painted decoration that is a little faded. Flat based, shouldered with slight neck and rim. Large shoulder and rim sherd mended. The decoration is a varied pattern including ships, trees, standards and ostriches. When fired, the surface of the vessel 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
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Spink and Son, London, 1967
  • Collector
    Spink and Son
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1967 before
  • Measurements
    222 mm x 188 mm
  • Note
    Previously described as being from Naqada, something assumed from the painted motifs on the vessel which are typical of this period.
  • Related people
    Spink and Son Ltd ( Collector, previous owner)

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    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.


Previous owners

  • Spink and Son Ltd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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