Large ovoid jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Predynastic Period
Naqada III
Pottery (Nile silt)
Egypt, Tarkhan, Grave 261
Height: 333mm | Diameter (rim): 112mm | Max Diameter: 205mm | Base: 59mm | Height of Max Diameter: 173mm | Vessel Index: 61
Number of Elements

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A red fabric ovoid jar with a flat base, cylindrical neck, and a recurved rim. It was excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt within grave 261 at Tarkhan, which was positioned on Hill A to the extreme north of the site, during the 1911–12 season. This tomb can be dated to the Naqada IIIC1 Period. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, who received the object in 1912, and was then subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.

Munsell Chart reading

Main: 10R 5/6 red


Petrie, W. M. Flinders, G. A. Wainwright, and A. H. Gardiner 1913. Tarkhan I and Memphis V. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [23] (19th year). London, Aylesbury: Hazell, Watson and Viney, Ld.

Other Identity
CA90 (Aberystwyth number)
Previous Owners
British School of Archaeology in Egypt | John Bancroft Willans (1881–1957) | University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Excavation Details

Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt within tomb 261 at Tarkhan during the 1911–12 season.

Gift, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (24 Mar 1997)
Last modified: 18 Mar 2022

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