Pottery vase with crinkled rim


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

When Flinders Petrie excavated the large Middle Kingdom (about 2040-1750 BC) town site of Lahun, at the entrance to the Fayum in Egypt, he discovered fragments of imported Minoan pottery. He also discovered vases, made in Egypt, that imitated these imports. This example, with its crinkled rim and impressed decoration, resembles Minoan Kamares pottery. The stamped patterns are also painted in a way that appear to evoke Minoan originals.These copies suggest that a significant quantity of Kamares ware was imported, and perhaps over some time. There is evidence of contact between Crete and Egypt from around the beginning of the Middle Bronze Age (about 2000 BC), and it may therefore have been relatively substantial in the nineteenth century BC.

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  • Title: Pottery vase with crinkled rim
  • Date Created: -1850/-1800
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 7.50cm; Width: 12.00cm; Weight: 177.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: impressed
  • Registration number: 1890,1106.15
  • Production place: Made in Egypt
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Lahun, el-
  • Period/culture: Middle Kingdom
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Haworth, Jesse. Excavated by Petrie, William Matthew Flinders