Small shouldered jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Decorated Ware 66
Predynastic Period
Naqada III
Pottery (Marl)
Egypt, Hierakonpolis, Fort cemetery, Grave 157
Number of Elements
Height: 121mm | Base diameter: 48mm | Maximum diameter: 135mm | Height of maximum diameter: 78mm | Vessel index: 116

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A buff coloured spherical jar (D-ware) that is missing its rim. It has red painted decoration, which can be dated to the Naqada III Period. The jar was excavated from grave 157 within the Fort Cemetery at Hierakonpolis in 1905 by John Garstang (Adams 1987, 161). The grave was heavily disturbed and the sex of the body could not be determined. It is currently on loan from Swansea Museum. The current opinion is that D-ware vessels originated in Upper Egypt in the Naqada-Abydos area. It has been suggested that designs like this imitate stone vessels. For an overview of the ideas surrounding the origins of D-ware vessels, see Aksamit (1998) 36–7. There are slight cracks running down the body and several small areas have been chipped away. The surface seems quite worn and has suffered from abrasion.


Adams, Barbara 1987. The fort cemetery at Hierakonpolis (excavated by John Garstang). Studies in Egyptology. London; New York: Kegan Paul International. Aksamit, Joanna 1998. The D-ware from Abusir el-Meleq. In Eyre, C. J. (ed.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge, 3–9 September 1995, 31–38. Leuven: Peeters.

Other Identity
157F (excavation number)
Previous Owners
John Garstang (1876–1956) | Swansea Museum
Excavation Details

Excavated by John Garstang from grave 157 of the Fort Cemetery at Hierakonpolis in 1905.

Long-term loan, Swansea Museum (23 Nov 1998)

Munsell Chart Reading

Body: 7.5YR 6/2 pinkish grey | 5YR 6/4 light reddish brown | Decoration: 10R 5/4 weak red

Vienna System
Marl B

Last modified: 16 Feb 2022

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