Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Terracotta Jar
An ancient Egyptian Pre-Dynastic oval terracotta jar with pierced lug handles, decorated with spirals and zig-zag lines painted in red ochre.
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. Saint-Germain-en-Laye, National Archeology Museum inv. no. MAN77705.S.01; Stanford University Cantor Arts Center inv. no. 1966.374.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired at Hotel Drouot, Paris, June 13, 1990; previously in a French private collection.