Necked jar with painted decoration and contents

Coptic
Byzantine (Coptic)
about 4th–6th century A.D.


Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Allaqi, Cemetery 112, Grave 16

Dimensions

Overall: 31.5 x 4.5 cm (12 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

19.3593

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This jar is fashioned of an orangish clay fabric and treated with a white slip. The body is globular with slighty shoulders and a pronounced curve in the lower body into a subtlely rounded base. The neck is highly constricted. The rim is broken off and missing. The upper body is decorated with a band of brown-black painted line design just below the neck (two lines with a zigzag line between) below which are crossed lines with perpendicular lines at their ends. Contents found in the jar consist of a loosely consolidated lumps of black, earthy, organic matrix, possibly with some botanical matter.

Jars such as this one may have held wine, grain, or some other organic matter.

For a similar jar, see British Museum AN 00424003001, a jar with white slip with crosses around the rim that was excavated from a monastery at Wadi Sarga.

Provenance

From Wadi Alaqi (ASN112/16). 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