Shouldered jar with incised decoration

Post-Meroitic Period to Islamic Period

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Allaqi, Cemetery 112, Grave 133


Overall: 12 x 2 cm (4 3/4 x 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar (possibly more properly considered a jug) has a ribbed exterior created by rilling. It has a short foot ending at a deep ring base. The upper portion of the jar is broken off at the top of the body where a very constricted neck once likely extended up to a rim. Both are now missing. Around the neck’s point of attachment at the center of the body is a band of small incised diagonal hatch lines. Extending perpendicularly from this area to the shoulders (as if at the four cardinal directions) are vertical incised botanical motifs resembling wheat or the like. On opposing sides of the shoulders circular, button-like appliques and narrow strip appliques have been applied, in at least one case near a small remaining potion of a handle.


From Wadi Alaqi (ASN112/133). 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 3, 2006)

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Archaeological Survey of Nubia