Monumental Predynastic Vase

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Naqada II-III period, 3300-3100 B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 45.4 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1468
Provenance: Possibly old Austrian private collection, early 20th century due to the enclosed label. Thence collection Rudolf Pospischil (1911-1998), southern Germany. Last in a family estate.
Condition: Intact
Description: Wonderfully preserved, very large predynastic terracotta vase of the so-called L-Class which served as a storage vessel. The hand-formed vase, which is rounded at the bottom, widens towards the top before narrowing again into a semicircle. The constricted rim was worked out separately and then applied on the body. This is how the short, grooved neck was created, which made it possible to hang the vessel on a cord and carry it with you in nomadic life. See for the type Diane Leeman “An overview of the Predynastic Pottery of Ancient Egypt”, self-published on, p. 24. With a copy of an old, handwritten collection note and a label with the inscription “Tongefäße aus Aegypten” from the early 20th century.