Large bag-shaped Jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Pottery (Nile silt)
Egypt, Esna, Tomb 333
Height: 322mm | Rim: 90.7mm | Max Diameter: 190mm | Height of Max Diameter: 121mm | Vessel Index: 59
Number of Elements

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A large Nile silt jar with a rounded base and rolled outside rim. There is a writing in ink indicating that it was from grave 333 at Esna, excavated by Garstang in 1906. The jar is similar to Garstang's type 80 or 80B which are listed as coming from this tomb. Two parallel lines of cord impressions are apparent around the maximum diameter, which do not go the whole way around the vessel. There are also four parallel horizontal incised line under the rim. There is a red slip over the outside of the jar. The jars body and base has been wheel made, identified by parallel markings on the outside of the jar and impressions on the inside. This helps date the jar to 18th Dynasty. It was purchased by Wellcome in 1922 from MacGregor auction and the auction label with the lot number, and price clearly visible.

Munsell Chart reading

2.5 YR 4/4 Reddish Brown


Downes, Dorothy 1974. The excavations at Esna, 1905–1906. Warminster: Aris and Phillips.

Wellcome Number
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 1686
Previous Owners
Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Excavation Details

Excavated by John Garstang within tomb 333 at Esna in 1906.

Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Feb 2022

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