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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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Restoration to a few small areas of rim, with resurfacing and overpainting along new material. Minor abrasions and nicks to rim, body, and base, with overpainting along several areas of red pigment, and light pitting. Light earthen deposits and great traces of original pigmentation throughout.

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Egyptian Predynastic Pottery Acorn Vessel

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000May 22