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Clay bowl: E.P.551

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 24


Clay bowl




Clay bowl with painted decoration.

Clay bowl with painted decoration. Part of the rim and body are preserved and there is one join. The holes to the left of the fragment are an ancient mend. Metal clips would have been inserted and held the two sections of the pot together. This suggests that althought the bowl is decorated it was used in daily life. 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 inverted triangle, fillled at the top with wavy lines. Pots 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: 0.105 m
Width: 0.15 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.551
Primary reference Number: 150628
Oldadmincategory: P
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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