Predynastic Period Vessel from Egypt

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James Blake Wiener
published on 16 January 2018
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Terracotta vessel from the Predynastic Period in Egypt, c. 4500-3100 BCE.

From the late Predynastic Period onward, the Egyptians used painted, incised, and polished pottery in life and as burial accessories for both the rich and the poor. The abundance of funerary pottery found in early Egyptian pit graves indicates trade along the Nile River with Near Eastern cultures and other African cultures to the south. These vessels held both local and foreign appeal, displaying characteristics found in both regions.

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, California.

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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