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Bowl with Basket Pattern

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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 Clay, pigment
DATES ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E.
PERIOD Predynastic Period, late Naqada III Period
DIMENSIONS 5 11/16 x greatest diam. 5 9/16 in. (14.4 x 14.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Bowl with Basket Pattern, ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E. Clay, pigment, 5 11/16 x greatest diam. 5 9/16 in. (14.4 x 14.2 cm) . Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.426. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.09.889.426_erg456.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.09.889.426_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 12/10/2007
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