Small Biconical Jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Middle Kingdom
Eleventh Dynasty to Twelfth Dynasty
Pottery (Nile silt)
Egypt, Esna, Tomb 80
Height: 144mm | Rim Diameter: 69mm | Maximum Diameter: 80mm | Height of Maximum Diameter: 90mm | Base Diameter: 50mm | Vessel Index: 55
Number of Elements

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A small wheel-made Nile silt vessel, with an unleveled flat base and direct rim. Thin neck and flared rim, and thicker walls of body. Vertical scoring marks on the body of the vessel. Two thirds of the rim broken and missing, and the bottom lip of the rim is chipped . Hairline crack from the broken rim down to the shoulder. Large crack on the base, originating from a hole on the base. Object number on the base (W196), with number from excavation (80E) written on the shoulder. Below excavation number is "X11th dyn Esna". A pottery vessel with a broken rim from tomb 80 at Esna, which was excavated by John Garstang. It was spurchased by Wellcome in 1922 from the collection of the Reverend William MacGregor. Late Eleventh to early Twelfth Dynasty. Three vessels of the same time from tomb 80 at Esna in Liverpool and the Ashmolean.

Munsell Chart reading

5 YR 5/4 Reddish Brown


Downes, Dorothy 1974. The excavations at Esna, 1905–1906. Warminster: Aris and Phillips.

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
80E (excavation number)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922, Lot 1717
Previous Owners
Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Excavation Details

Excavated within tomb 80 at Esna by John Garstang during the 1905 season

Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 05 Mar 2022

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