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Jar with Handles

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Each of these vessels is decorated differently. The white-ware bowl with red background and white geometric decoration is among the oldest pottery made in Upper (southern) Egypt. The red jar with a black, irregular design near the lip replaced white ware in the subsequent period. In the most recent decorative style, artists used red paint on a light background to depict boats and plants.

All three styles originated in southern Egypt and spread to northern Egypt by about 3300 B.C.E. Egyptologists believe the appearance of Upper Egyptian styles in Lower Egypt parallels the spread of central government from south to north.
MEDIUM Terracotta, pigment
DATES ca. 3500–3300 B.C.E.
PERIOD Predynastic Period, middle Naqada II
DIMENSIONS 5 5/8 x Diam. 4 1/2 in. (14.3 x 11.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; between December 1907 and January 1908, purchased in Adaima, Egypt by Henri de Morgan of Francescas, France and New York, NY; 1909, purchased from Henri de Morgan by the Brooklyn Museum.
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MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
CAPTION Jar with Handles, ca. 3500–3300 B.C.E. Terracotta, pigment, 5 5/8 x Diam. 4 1/2 in. (14.3 x 11.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.404. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.09.889.404_erg456_2015.jpg)
IMAGE installation, CUR.09.889.404_erg456_2015.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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