Medium shouldered jar

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Middle Kingdom
Pottery (Nile silt)
Egypt, Beni Hasan, Tomb 857
Height: 197mm | Maximum diameter: 102mm | Rim diameter: 62mm | Height of maximum diameter: 145mm | Vessel index: 52
Number of Elements
Vienna System
Nile C

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This jar has a pointed base and a direct rim with an internal dent. It has been handmade from Nile silt and has been made using the coil method. It has been roughly made and has thick walls to the jar. There is a lot of chaff marks on the outside of the jar, with some still intact, suggesting it was fired at a low heat. There is a potter's mark on the rim, as well as what could possibly be finger indents around the base of the jar. Excavated by John Garstang within tomb 857 at Beni Hasan between 1902–1904. Purchased by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1922 from the collection of the Reverend William MacGregor.

Munsell Chart reading

5YR 7/2 Pinkish Grey


Garstang, John (1907) The burial customs of ancient Egypt as illustrated by tombs of the Middle Kingdom: being a report of excavations made in the necropolis of Beni Hassan during 1902–3–4. Constable: London. [p. 242, pl. XIII (nr. 15)]

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
857 (excavation number)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 1699A
Previous Owners
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936) | Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937)
Excavation Details

Excavated within tomb 857 at Beni Hasan between 1902–1904.

Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 06 Oct 2022

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