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Predynastic Black-Topped Bowl

Naqada Iac-IIIab
3900 BCE - 3100 BCE

2 11/16 x 5 x 1/4 in. (6.9 x 12.7 x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.1835
Other Number(s): 1336 (American Exploration Society)
Geography: Africa, Egypt, Hiw (Hu)
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Culture/Nationality: Egyptian

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  • Amratian - Refers to the period in Upper Egypt from about 4000 to 3500 or 3200 BCE. Works of art include stone maceheads, slate palettes, stone vases, ivory carvings, figurines of various materials, black-topped red pottery, and a red polished pottery sometimes decorated in white slip with linear designs of human or animal figures.
  • black-topped - Refers to the Egyptian pottery style produced during the Badarian, Amratian, and Gerzean periods from about 6000 to 2925 BCE. The style is characterized by polishd thin-walled, handmade vesels coated with a red ocher wash, with black tops probably produced by placing the vessels while hot in carbonizing organic matter.
  • bowls - Rounded, cuplike, hollow parts of objects, such as the body of a stemmed vessel or the part of a pipe in which tobacco is burned.
  • bowls - Rounded vessels that are generally wider than they are high, usually hemispherical or nearly so. A bowl may have a spreading base or foot ring and sometimes two handles or a cover. Distinguished from a cup, which is rather deep than wide.
  • Gerzean - Refers to the Predynastic period in Upper Egypt from about 3500 to 2925 BCE. Works of art include slate palettes, carved maceheads, copper artifacts, ivory and stone figurines, and buff-colored pottery decorated with geometric motifs and stylized representations of plants, animals, and people, in red paint.
  • Predynastic - Refers to the period in Egypt from about 4000 to 3000 or 2925 BCE though some authors date the period from 6000 BCE. Works of art include pottery such as the painted wares from the Amratian and Gerzian periods, stone vessels, ivory and clay figures, stone palettes, and wall paintings such as that found at Hierakonpolis depicting animals, boats, mourning women, and fighting men.
  • vessels - Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Discovering Egypt in Bryn Mawr College's Collections Bryn Mawr College , Feb 25, 2002 – Mar 22, 2002

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Bryn Mawr College
    Role: Recipient
    Place: Bryn Mawr, PA
    Acquisition Method: Donated by the American Exploration Society
    Ownership Start Date: 1907

  • Owner Name: American Exploration Society
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, PA
    Disposal Method: Donated to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership End Date: 1907

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