Large flask

Post-Meroitic Period, X-Group
about 4th–6th century A.D.

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Allaqi, Cemetery 112, Grave 61


Overall: 27.8 x 3.1 cm (10 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This flask exhibits the characteristic attributes of its type: a round body with very constricted short neck with two loop handles. The upper (approximately half) neck is broken off and missing. This example is particularly large. It also has sharper side edges than many flasks of earlier date, which tend to be fully rounded. There are traces of red wash/slip. The upper portion, including some breaks, has some areas coated with a white plaster-like substance.


From Wadi Alaqi (ASN112/61). 1911. Excavated by Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the Egyptian government.
(Accession Date: August 4, 2006)

Credit Line

Archaeological Survey of Nubia