Pottery vessel

Accession Number
Current Location
Cardiff University, C/O Phil Parkes
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Predynastic Period
Naqada III
Egypt, Tarkhan
Height: 455mm | Diameter (rim): 110mm
Number of Elements

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A cylindrical jar with a round base, a flared rim, and wavy handles. The vessel still contains its contents, which are sticky. The contents were analysed by Andrew Hardy from Exeter University, and contained a non-ruminant substance, possibly pig fat. The pressure of the contents has resulted in the vessel breaking at the top, and blisters to appear on the exterior surface. The piece was excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt at the site of Tarkhan during the 1911–12 season. 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 then subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Hardy, Andrew & Paul Finch 2017. A chemical study of the contents of an Early Dynastic Egyptian storage jar. Pharmaceutical Historian 47 (1), 2–7. 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. [pl. XLIX]