Necked jar with painted decoration

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

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Gerf Husein, Cemetery 72, Grave 91


Overall: 30.4 x 5 cm (11 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar is fashioned of a reddish ware and treated with a creamy buff-colored slip. It has a wide shouldered body with a very constricted, slightly concave neck that terminates with an outwardly pulled rim. Slip treatment stops just below the rim. The lower body of the jar has a pronounced curve into a rounded base. The rim is broken with a portion missing. The upper body is painted with three regularly spaced vertical bands of 3 drop shapes (oriented sideways). Between two fo these bands is a vertical band of four stacked triangles, points downward, which are bisected by a vertical line. Both above and below the painted decoration are bands of rilled lines.


From Gerf Hussein (ASN 72/91). 1908. 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