Shouldered jar with incised decoration

Post-Meroitic Period to Islamic Period

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Allaqi, Cemetery 112, Grave 30


Overall: 14 x 1.9 cm (5 1/2 x 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar has a ribbed exterior created by rilling. It has a short foot ending at a deep ring base. The upper portion of the jar broken off at the top of the body where a very constricted neck once likely extended up to the rim. Both are now missing. Just above the shoulders is a border created by a slight recession of the upper surface of the jar that is highlighted with short diagonal hatch lines. The rescessed upper body creates a field for additional decoration around the (original) neck. In this field an incised pattern is rendered with lines flanked by opposed diagonal tick-marks, creating a plant-like effect. Such lines form a four-pointed star or flower) around the central neck aperture with one line extending from between two points to the jar’s shoulder in a stem-like fashion. The jar was treated with a red wash/slip, much of which has worn away.


From Wadi Alaqi (ASN112/30). 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