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Clay flask: E.157.1921

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Clay flask




Clay pilgrim flask, wheelmade.

Clay pilgrim flask, wheelmade from a type of Egyptian clay known as marl. This shape of vessel was used for dedications and was copied in faience for new year flasks. In the later periods during the Christian era vessels of similar shape were used to collect the wax from candles buring over the graves of saints and martyrs. Earlier this form of flask could be used to carry liquid. this example has a light red/brown wash on the surface. From the same grave as E.159-161.1921.

Measurements and weight

Length: 0.123 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1921) by Griffith, F. Ll.


Third Intermediate period
Circa -700 BCE - Circa -600 BCE

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Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: E.157.1921
Primary reference Number: 52184
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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