Small shouldered amphora

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Amphora
New Kingdom
Pottery (Marl)
Height: 149mm | Max Diameter: 93mm | Height of Max Diameter: 84mm | Rim Diameter: 84mm | Vessel Index
Number of Elements

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This is a small shouldered amphora. It has a direct rim and three lug handles. There are consistent even circular scrapes across the entirety of the vessel, supporting it is wheelspun. There are consistent specks of limedust throughout the material, suggesting it is Marl clay. There are some impurities across tge surface, most likely caused by the natural environment of the workshop of production. It appears to have been unevenly fired, with some irregularities in colour on one side of the vessel, having a redder shade to sections of it. There is also an indication of 'bad' firing; one of the lug handles is almost entirely black. There are vertical strokes of a lighter material, most likely the finish, made with some form of stone to add decoration. There is a chip missing from the rim. At the bottom of the vessel is a rectangular label with 'EC314' written on it. There is also a notation reading as '53 Egypt' assumed to be in ink.

Munsell Chart reading

Main colour: 10YR 7/4 very pale brown

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
53 ('Egypt' is written on the base)
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 05 Oct 1920, Lot 316
Auction Details
Twenty-four vases of the XVIII dynasty, Egypt.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Mar 2022

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