Large Pre-Dynastic Beaker, Naqada Iib-Iia
A large Pre-Dynastic black-topped beaker, Naqada IIb-IIa, c. 3900 - 3650 BC, the walls almost straight, just narrowing before the mouth; the base is flat. Gorgeous deep red-orange tones contrast nicely with the deep, glossy black. H: 10 5/8" (26.9 cm); W: 6 1/4" (15.8 cm). Intact with nicely burnished glossy surfaces, one single minor rim chip. Cf. Kaplan, Predynastic Egyptian Pottery (2005), p. 12 for the type; Ex Orange County private collection. A lovely example of what many consider one of the finest pottery types ever produced in Egypt.