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Clay storage jar: E.P.556

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Clay storage jar




Clay storage jar with painted decoration.

Clay storage jar with painted decoration. Only the shoulder is preserved. The vessel was wheelmade and covered on the outside with a slip (a mixture of water, pigment and clay). It is decorated with bands of black lines, with white paint applied between the upper section. In between the bands is a floral motif consisting of black blobs (representing grapes or leaves) with added white dots. Jars similar to these have been found in temple areas and it is thought that they may have been dedicated there. It is also possible that priests living in the quarters around the temples also used such vessels. This fragment came into the museum probably through the Oxford Nubia Expedition, but because there were a number of fragments the objects were never formally registered. The clay is typical of that from southern Egypt/Nubia.

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.152 m
Width: 0.16 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Unknown


Circa 100 CE - Circa 300 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.P.556
Primary reference Number: 150627
Oldadmincategory: P
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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