Ancient Egypt, Pre-Dynastic period, Naqada II, ca. 3400 to 3300 BCE. A beautiful hand-built pottery vessel with a petite, flat base, an acorn-shaped body with a lightly-sloping shoulder, a slender rim surrounding the deep interior cavity, and a pair of pierced lug handles. The composition is covered in pale-orange slip which serves as a nice ground atop which zigzagging and spiraling tendrils of deep vermilion-hued pigment are presented. A fabulous example from this very early period in ancient Egypt. Size: 3" W x 3.6" H (7.6 cm x 9.1 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Although there is very little evidence pertaining to kilns that would lead to a better understanding of firing techniques from the Naqada II period, an interesting article written by Masahiro Baba analyzes the pottery produced at Hierakonpolis to propose a reconstruction of these techniques. See this article entitled, "Pottery production at Hierakonpolis during the Naqada II period: Toward a reconstruction of the firing technique," British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 13 (2009): 1-23 at https://www.britishmuseum.org/pdf/Baba.pdf.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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