Flask and contents

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

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Qurta, Cemetery 122, Grave 56


Overall: 20 x 2 cm (7 7/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This flask exhibits the characteristic attributes of its type: a round body with very constricted short neck with two loop handles. The rim is chipped and broken. There is a single incised line around the neck. This example has sharper side edges than many of earlier date, which tend to be fully rounded. There are traces of red wash/slip. Contents from the flask include very small amounts of carbonized organic matter (very small bits) including some seeds.


From Qurta (ASN122/56). 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