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Clay column: E.171.1912

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Clay column




Clay column shaft fragment, with holes for peg.

Clay column shaft fragment with traces of a white wash on the exterior. The clay is a coarse nile silt. There are holes half way down on each side which were perhaps for pegs to secure the column to a building. The Museum also has two clay capitals (for the top of such a column) from the same site. E.173.1912 and E.174.1912. Said to have come from a church near Argin, Wadi Halfa Nubia.

Measurements and weight

Length: 0.34 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1912) by Somers Clarke, G.


Circa 300 CE - Circa 600 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.171.1912
Primary reference Number: 51512
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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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