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ID number:  ECM 1868
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Naqada II Vessel
Object type:  Vessel
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Naqada II Period (c. 3500-3200 BC)
Materials:  Ceramic
Provenance:  Provenance Unknown; Upper Egypt?

A shouldered jar manufactured from the Marl A clay of the desert regions of Upper Egypt. From its type, and style of decoration, this vessel can be reasonably securely dated to the Naqada II Period. The vessel was constructed by coiling fabric onto a moulded base before being smoothed by hand, fired, then decorated with paint manufactured from naturally occurring ochre. A final firing bonded the decoration to the fabric of the pot. Three vestigial pierced lug handles spaced equidistantly suggest the vessel was meant to be suspended when in use. This vessel would have likely been a grave good for a high status individual.

Bibliography:  See Steven Gregory, 2016. "A Vessel for this Life and the Next: A Decorated Naqada II Period Jar", in S. Boonstra (ed.) Objects Come to Life, Birmingham Egyptology.

Reeves, N. (ed.) 2008. Egyptian Art at Eton College and Durham University: Catalogue of a loan exhibition to Japan, 24 February-30 November 2008. With contributions from C. Barclay, T. Hardwick, S. Quirke, N. Reeves, J. Ruffle, H. Schneider, and S. Spurr. (page 38, Entry No. 8).

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