Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Terracotta Jar
An ancient Egyptian Pre-Dynastic squat terracotta jar of spherical form, with flat rim and lug handles, the rim with red painted hatches, the body with red painted spirals and zigzags.
Naqada II (Gerzean Period).
Vases of this early period were often made out of various types of stone, later terracotta jars were painted with designs to represent the material from which early vases would have been made. The holes in the handles were used to suspend the vase.
cf.: G. Scott, Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, (Yale, 1986) p. 30.
Formerly in a French private collection; subsequently in a New York private collection; subsequently in an Illinois private collection.