Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Jar with Flamingos
An ancient Egyptian pre-dynastic lug-handled jar, conically tapered jar with three pierced lug handles on the shoulder, decorated on both sides with a group of nine stylized flamingos, marching one behind the other to the right. Arranged concentrically around the molded rim are four zigzag lines, while a further seven or eight hang down in concentric semicircles on two sides of the shoulder.
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 lug handles were used to suspend the vase.
cf.:for a very similar example, Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 10.130.1169
With Galerie Le Veel, Paris, 1960; subsequently with Galerie Maspero, Paris; subsequently New York private collection.
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