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Egyptian Predynastic Naqada II Marl Pottery Jar
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Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, ca. 3500 to 3200 BCE. A beautiful, hand-built marl pottery jar of compressed spherical form with a round but stable base, a broad body with a bulging midsection, a sloped shoulder with a pair of cylindrical suspension handles, and an everted ledge rim. Covered in a beige-tan ground hue, the exterior of the vessel is decorated with applied red-brown pigment that forms 8 large spirals around the body and base, 1 spiral on each handle, 5 sets of parallel wavy lines, and additional wavy lines atop the rim; the wavy lines perhaps represent waves or ripples along the waters of the Nile River. Size: 5" Diameter x 3.625" H (12.7 cm x 9.2 cm)

Although there is very little evidence pertaining to kilns that would lead to a better understanding of firing techniques from the Naqada II period, an interesting article written by Masahiro Baba analyzes the pottery produced at Hierakonpolis to propose a reconstruction of these techniques. See this article entitled, "Pottery production at Hierakonpolis during the Naqada II period: Toward a reconstruction of the firing technique," British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 13 (2009): 1-23.

Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession numbers 42.5.12 and 10.176.119; The British Museum, museum number EA67430; and The Brooklyn Museum, accession number 07.447.440

Provenance: ex-John B. Kendrick II collection, Denver, Colorado, USA, acquired 1965 to 1990, son of John B. John B. Kendrick, former Wyoming Governor and US Senator in 1930s

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Minor nicks and abrasions commensurate with age, with a few small spalls, one large chip within basin, light encrustations, and minor fading to red-brown pigment across exterior, otherwise intact and excellent. Slight droop to rim formed during creation process and not indicative of repair. Wonderful preservation to painted decorations across exterior.
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Egyptian Predynastic Naqada II Marl Pottery Jar

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0003: Egyptian Predynastic Naqada II Marl Pottery Jar

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Est. $5,000 - $7,500Starting Price $2,500
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Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, ca. 3500 to 3200 BCE. A beautiful, hand-built marl pottery jar of compressed spherical form with a round but stable base, a broad body with a bulging midsection, a sloped shoulder with a pair of cylindrical suspension handles, and an everted ledge rim. Covered in a beige-tan ground hue, the exterior of the vessel is decorated with applied red-brown pigment that forms 8 large spirals around the body and base, 1 spiral on each handle, 5 sets of parallel wavy lines, and additional wavy lines atop the rim; the wavy lines perhaps represent waves or ripples along the waters of the Nile River. Size: 5" Diameter x 3.625" H (12.7 cm x 9.2 cm)

Although there is very little evidence pertaining to kilns that would lead to a better understanding of firing techniques from the Naqada II period, an interesting article written by Masahiro Baba analyzes the pottery produced at Hierakonpolis to propose a reconstruction of these techniques. See this article entitled, "Pottery production at Hierakonpolis during the Naqada II period: Toward a reconstruction of the firing technique," British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 13 (2009): 1-23.

Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession numbers 42.5.12 and 10.176.119; The British Museum, museum number EA67430; and The Brooklyn Museum, accession number 07.447.440

Provenance: ex-John B. Kendrick II collection, Denver, Colorado, USA, acquired 1965 to 1990, son of John B. John B. Kendrick, former Wyoming Governor and US Senator in 1930s

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#172397
Condition
...
Minor nicks and abrasions commensurate with age, with a few small spalls, one large chip within basin, light encrustations, and minor fading to red-brown pigment across exterior, otherwise intact and excellent. Slight droop to rim formed during creation process and not indicative of repair. Wonderful preservation to painted decorations across exterior.

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