Bowl with Basket Pattern
This bowl exemplifies one of the finest types of Nubian ceramics, called eggshell ware for the thinness of its walls. Artisans painted the outside of these vessels—mostly open bowls and cups—with geometric patterns or designs derived from basketry. With walls only three to five millimeters thick, eggshell ware breaks easily; whole or nearly whole examples such as this piece are extremely rare.
- Medium: Pottery, painted
- Dates: ca. 3100 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period-late Naqada III Period
- Dimensions: 5 11/16 x 5 9/16 in. (14.4 x 14.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 09.889.426
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bowl with Basket Pattern, ca. 3100 B.C.E. Pottery, painted, 5 11/16 x 5 9/16 in. (14.4 x 14.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.426. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (75%)