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Squat Jar with Spiral Decoration

Place of production Egypt
Date circa 3500–3200 B.C.
Object type vessel
Medium, technique Marl, painted

height x diameter: 23 x 15.5 cm

Inventory number 60.23-E
Collection Egyptian Art
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Ancient Egypt, Daily life

The squat jar with spiral decoration is a fine example of the profound changes that took place in ceramic production between the Naqada I and II phases. A new type of raw material, the so-called marl clay, appeared in this period. A typical example is the squat jar with a reverted rim and barrel-lug handles. These ceramics follow the characteristics of the stone vessels which are indicated by the spiral motifs on the outer surface while the upper part of the rim received crosshatched decoration.

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