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Jar with Tubular Handles

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Masterpieces of Stone Carving

During the Predynastic Period, Egyptians mastered the working of even the hardest stone.

They especially favored attractively colored stones, like the porphyry, breccia, and obsidian shown here. To create the mace head (war club) and jar in this case, an artisan laboriously ground and polished the stones with increasingly fine abrasives. A method called flaking—carefully applying pressure with another stone—produced the serrated obsidian object.
MEDIUM Breccia
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada II to Naqada III Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x greatest diam. 7 5/16 in. (14 x 18.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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