Necked jar with painted decoration

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

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Qurta, Cemetery 122, Grave 8


Overall: 31 x 6.6 cm (12 3/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar is fashioned of an orangish-red clay fabric and treated with a buff-colored slip. It has a globular body with a long neck and a flaring, recurved rim. The upper body is decorated with a pattern of brown-black lines forming grid-hatched trapezoidal shapes (possibly representing nets or baskets) connected by lines crossing in an “x” formation (possibly representing cords). Just below the painted designs is a wide band of many thin decorative rilled lines. Just below the neck a slightly raised wavy line runs around the jar, seemingly created by impressing and/or pinching rather than through applique.


From Qurta (ASN122/8). 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