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Black-topped Jar with Flat Bottom

Before 3400 BCE
4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Ceramic
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.104
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

This ceramic vessel and ornate pair of earrings [28.244] are only two of the over 500 artifacts given to MAG by Rochester businessman C. Herbert Ocumpaugh in 1928, when he donated his entire collection of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern antiquities to the University of Rochester. Although he was not an archeologist—he had never traveled to these areas of the world—he developed a lifelong fascination with ancient cultures fueled by many visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Aided by archeologists and museum directors, he spent 25 years amassing objects as diverse as iridescent glass, bronze figures of gods and goddesses, and richly-painted Greek ceramics. Ocumpaugh’s donation formed the core of MAG’s ancient collection; today, over 50 objects from this group are included in the exhibits of the Helen H. Berkeley Gallery of Ancient Art on the second floor.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url: http://photo.libraryweb.org/carlweb/jsp/DoSearch?databaseID=716&count=10&terms=19789&index=z

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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