Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Naqada II black top pottery bowlE134
A red burnished pottery hemispherical bowl with a black rim and interior. This type of early Egyptian pottery is often called “black top ware” due to the characteristic black rim which was deliberately created by restricting oxygen exposure during the firing process and preventing the entire surface from turning red.
Egypt, Pre-Dynastic, Naqada II, c. 3500-3200 BC
9.2 x 14.1 cms
Rim chipped, surface wear as seen in the photographs
Ex. estate: Richard and Molly Alexander, Seaford, Sussex, UK; acquired from Sothebys auctioneers in the 1960’s-1970’s. Richard Alexander worked for Spinks after World War II where he developed an interest in antiquities. During the 1960’s and 1970’s the Alexanders operated an antiques and antiquities business in Brighton which was closed before 1980. A partially legible label under the base: “Egypt Pre-Dynastic 3????? BC” and in a later hand: “SHBY” followed by an illegible stock code.