Jar with Tubular Handles
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Masterpieces of Stone Carving
During the Predynastic Period, Egyptians mastered the working of even the hardest stone.
They especially favored attractively colored stones, like the porphyry, breccia, and obsidian shown here. To create the mace head (war club) and jar in this case, an artisan laboriously ground and polished the stones with increasingly fine abrasives. A method called flaking—carefully applying pressure with another stone—produced the serrated obsidian object.
ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada II to Naqada III Period
5 1/2 x greatest diam. 7 5/16 in. (14 x 18.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1935, acquired by Kirkor Minassian, New York, NY; 1935, purchased from Kirkor Minassian by the Brooklyn Museum.
Jar with Tubular Handles, ca. 3500-3100 B.C.E. Breccia, 5 1/2 x greatest diam. 7 5/16 in. (14 x 18.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1314. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1314_view1_PS6.jpg)
overall, 35.1314_view1_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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Can you help me understand how this was made?
Carving stone was a very slow and laborious process that involved using sand as an abrasive to wear down the stone. To carve out the interior of this vessel, a hole would first be drilled and then more of stone rubbed away with abrasives.