Scholar's Commentary

One of the most striking features of this vase are the red-outlined day hieroglyphs that separate the text into twelve separate sections.

They actually outline for us the twelve separate kings of the Snake polity who acceded to the throne. This kind of a pot, which was copied from a book recording the histories of these kings, would have been owned by a large number of nobles.

Although there are only twelve of the vessels in existence today, we have to imagine many more that archeologists haven't found yet and that all of them would have been treasured heirlooms of the individual noble who had one.