Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, ca. 3650 to 3300 BCE. A lovely pottery vessel with a highly-burnished, russet hued surface made with a thin iron-oxide slip. The coil-formed Nile silt vessel has a conical body with a flat base, gradually-expanding walls with a rounded shoulder, and a wide mouth with a rolled rim. The black-hued area surrounding the rim is comprised of thick carbon deposits formed by subjecting the top to dense clouds of smoke for extended periods of time in an oxygen-deprived environment. Black-top vessels originally rose to popularity during the early Naqada I, a culture which inhabited ancient Egypt during its predynastic period. The Naqada were first described by famed archaeologist William Flinders Petrie; however, relatively little is known about them except that they were focused around the site of El-Amra in central Egypt, west of the Nile river. Size: 3.85" W x 5.05" H (9.8 cm x 12.8 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Norman Blankman collection, New York, USA, acquired in 1959
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