Jar with geometrical ornament. Predynastic period, IV Mill. B. C., Naqada II

Painted pottery
H. 14 cm; diam. of the body 22 cm; diam. of the rim 8 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev
I.1.а 4791
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In the second half of the 4th millennium BC the people of the Nile valley started to make clay vessels
decorated with dark brown painting on light yellow background (the so-called Naquada II culture).
Spherical vessels with a flat turned up throat edge and two handles on both sides were widely popular in
that period. They were decorated with patterns of spirals and zigzags that symbolized the Sun and the
water.

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