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Jar with Impressed and Incised Decoration

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Early Nubian potters often decorated vessels with two or three rows of geometric shapes, usually triangles or squares. Sometimes they added a rhythmic design, as in this example, by using a pointed tool to create dots and dashes.

MEDIUM Clay, paste
  • Possible Place Collected: Mezaideh, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada III Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/16 x diam. of mouth 3 in. (12.8 x 7.6 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.889.445
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Red pottery jar, of ovoid shape, asymmetrical, with flattened base, the bottom perforated with a big hole. Slightly inset wide mouth without lip, the rim sharply splayed inward. Incised decoration, consisting of three irregular bands of inverted triangles filled with incised horizontal dotted lines. The last row of triangles forms a seven-pointed star with the base as a center. The white paste with which the incised lines were filled has been partly preserved. The rim is pierced with four holes for fastening cover. Condition: Broken and repaired. Numerous chips and holes, besides an artificial hole in the center of the bottom.
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