Predynastic Period Vessel from Egypt


James Blake Wiener
published on 16 January 2018
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This Predynastic Period vessel from ancient Egypt is made of terracotta. It was made 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 Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 16). Predynastic Period Vessel from Egypt. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "Predynastic Period Vessel from Egypt." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 16, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "Predynastic Period Vessel from Egypt." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 16 Jan 2018. Web. 31 Oct 2020.

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