The Deir el-Medina and Jaroslav Černý Collections II: Pottery
The volume presents ceramic material received in 1937 as a donation from the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo, originating from its excavations at Deir el-Medina and held currently in the collections of the National Museum in Prague (Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures). The core of the volume is the analytic catalogue of the ceramic finds, mostly complete vessels, accompanied by the original inventory, discussion of the marks preserved on some of the vessels, a detailed analysis of a single imported Mycenaean stirrup jar, as well as results of investigations into the contents of some of the vessels. Results of the individual analyses are evaluated and interpreted in the final chapter. Until recently, pottery from this collection received only limited scholarly attention. Over the past decades, several pieces were presented to both scholarly and general public by means of series of exhibitions, either dedicated to ancient Egypt in general, or to Deir el-Medina in particular. However, for the first time, this volume presents now the Deir el-Medina pottery collection to broader readership in its entirety.