Shouldered jar with incised decoration

Post-Meroitic Period to Islamic Period

Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Gudhi, Cemetery 15, Grave 43


Overall: 10.8 x 2 cm (4 1/4 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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The Ancient World



This jar has a very slightly ribbed exterior from rilling. It has a short straight 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 a modelled band with short diagonal hatch lines. Extending perpendicularly from this border towards the neck aperture are alternating decorative patterns: a double line flanked by opposing short diagonal tick-marks (possibly a plant motif); and double-line braids. A small portion of one handle remains just above one area of the jar’s shoulders.


Sharifa-tod, Godi. (ASN 15/43). 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