Necked jar with painted decoration and contents

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

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



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.


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