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

Painted pottery
H. 17,5 cm; diam. of the body 7 cm; diam. of the rim 7,9 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev
I.1.а 4799
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In the first half of the 4th millennium BC the people of Upper Egypt started to make clay vessels covered
in light yellow or white painting on reddish-brown background (the so-called Naquada I culture). Glossy
surface of the vessels was covered with geometrical patterns, images of people or animals (usually hippos
and reptiles).

This high vessel is decorated with a geometrical pattern consisting of six rows of adjacent triangles with
thin crossing lines inside. The triangles must have symbolized the mountainous desert that surrounded the
Nile valley.

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