Scarab with New Year’s wishes
|Date||circa 3500–3200 B.C.|
|Medium, technique||Marl, painted|
height x diameter: 23 x 15.5 cm
|On view||This artwork is on view at the permanent exhibition|
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.
This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.