Height: 31.500 cm
Width: 17.700 cm (max.)
Gift of the
Room 64: Early Egypt
Burnished black-topped redware jar
From a tomb at Abydos,
Late Predynastic period, Naqada II, around 3200 BC
A container for food for the Afterlife?
These black-topped redware jars are characteristic of the finewares of the later Predynastic period. Burials of the late Predynastic period contain vessels of both fine and coarse wares. Even burials in the cemeteries of the poor often contained a black-topped vessel. They were perhaps filled with food for the Afterlife.
were made by coiling ropes of clay to build jars, bowls and
bottles. The inside and outside of the vessel were smoothed and