An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Granite Vessel, Naqada III, ca. 3400 - 3200 BCE
An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Granite Vessel, Naqada III, ca. 3400 - 3200 BCE
An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Granite Vessel, Naqada III, ca. 3400 - 3200 BCE

An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Granite Vessel, Naqada III, ca. 3400 - 3200 BCE


A good granite vessel of vase-like form, with a softly rounded ovoid body, lipped rim, and round handles pierced for suspension. The interior shows visible tool marks from hollowing out the stone during manufacturing.

Predynastic stone vessels were created from many different types of stone, including limestone, alabaster, marble, serpentine, basalt, breccia, porphyry, schist (greywacke), diorite, and flint. The great number of Predynastic stone vessels surviving today shows the ancient Egyptians' skill at handmade stone manufacturing. Sone vessels were luxury products, used for special occasions, display, and to hold expensive cosmetics in wealthy households.

Ref: Winifred Needler, Predynastic and Archaic Egypt in The Brooklyn Museum, New York: The Brooklyn Museum (1984), pg. 238.
Ref: Joan Crowfoot Payne, Catalogue of the Predynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Clarendon Press (1993), pg. 130.

Condition: neck rejoined with fill to losses on rim and attachment area, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

Dimensions:  Height: 4 1/4 inches (10.75 cm)

Provenance: Private upstate New York collection, acquired in the early 2000s, thereafter private Maryland collection.

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