13 June 2000
TWO PREDYNASTIC BLACKTOPPED VESSELS
circa 3200 b.c.
One a tall burnished beaker; the other an open burnished bowl, incised with two so-called potter's/owner's marks, including a horned quadruped and the beginning of a second
11¼ in. (28.6 cm) high for the first (2)
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For similar vessels see no. 204 and no. 111 in Payne, Catalogue of the Pre-Dynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum.
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