Two-handled footed jar with painted decoration

Byzantine (Coptic) Period
about 4th century A.D.–7th century AD

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Cemetery 12, Grave 17


Overall: 31 x 4.3 cm (12 3/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



The exterior of this jar is ribbed from rilling. It has a short foot with a deep, wheel-formed ring base. The body is tall and shouldered. A long, highly constricted neck (buldging somewhat at its midpoint) ends at a straight rim. Two loop handles connect on opposite sides near the bottom of the neck and just above the shoulders. The uppermost body is painted with curved lines and large dots that resemble a vine-like plant motif, while the shoulders are painted with a band of large spirals. All decoration is in black piant.


Tondi. (ASN 12/17). 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; awarded to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession Date: August 3, 2006)

Credit Line

Archaeological Survey of Nubia