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Fragment of clay jar, with 8 lines of inscription in Meroitic

Fragment of a clay jar that has been reused as a writing document and contains 8 lines of Meroitic, a Nubian language. The text seems to refer to work on a shrine. the clay is typical of that found in Aswan (southern Egypt/Nubia). Broken vessel fragments were often used for a variety of receipts, notes or accounts. This type of object is called an ostrakon.

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Height: 0.105 m

Find spot

  • Egypt (Nubia)


Circa 1 AD - Circa 400 AD

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Text Vessel

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Accession number: E.P.490
Primary reference Number: 64549
Oldadmincategory: P
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 May 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 May 2021

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

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