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Clay jar: E.P.15

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Clay jar


Clay jar, globular, with line decoration in black paint in the form of a snake.

Globular jar made from Nile silt clay and covered with a red wash. The main decoration is painted with black pigment and shows a stripey snake holding a branch in its mouth. There are further lines of decoration around the neck and middle of the pot. The vessel was said to have been found in a tomb in Thebes (close to modern Luxor), which would accord with the motif of a snake, which was common in a funerary context. This shape of vessel and clay are more commonly found further south in Aswan and it is possible that the pot was made there and then brought with the owner, or bought by him/her, who then placed it in their burial. Such vessels vary in size, this example is relatively small. There is a small chip to the rim but the rest of the pot remains intact. This object originally belonged to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and so was likely excavated. Its exact findspot was not recorded.

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.2 m

Find spot

  • Thebes (Egypt)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Transferred by Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge


Circa 1 CE - Circa 200 200 CE

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Techniques used in production

Painted Wheelmade

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.P.15
Primary reference Number: 63559
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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