Amphora

Egyptian
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
A.D. 364–476


Findspot: Egypt, Ehnasya, House E

Dimensions

Overall: 78 x 20 cm (30 11/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

05.275

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Amphora with rolled rim, long, tubular neck, carinated shoulder and a long tapering body: missing part of the rim but otherwise complete. The two strap handles are attached at the neck and shoulder and are of slightly rougher fabric than the rest of the body. The vessel is characterized by deep rilling marks throughout the body from its manufacture on the wheel and is unslipped. This amphora type is the most common amphora type in Roman Egypt and would have been used for the storage and transport of wine. In the Late Roman ceramic corpus, this type is Late Roman Amphora 7 (LRA 7).

Provenance

From Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleoplis Magna), House E. 1903-1904: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; 1905, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: January 1, 1905)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription