Medium flask

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Flask
Graeco-Roman Period
Length: 179mm | Height: 161mm | Rim diameter: 35mm
Number of Elements
Roman | Egyptian

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A medium red flask with a dark reddish net decoration. This vessel has a detailed neck, composed of lateral and parallel lines, with a rolled rim (inside). Two handles flank the vessel's neck. The body has a horizontal and cylindrical shape with round ends. The decoration is made of dark reddish-gray lines going horizontally through the body. The same decorative lines are on each extremity. There are successive circular and carved lines (at least six or seven). The neck and handles are covered by a black layer due to dark bitumen(?) remains. The Handles also have grey vertical line decoration. Many cracks and possibly breaks were restored. A label is located on the middle of the body: 'Stevens 11 lot 118' with red ink on a white serrated label. This label was added by Boscawen, who was tasked with cataloging the Wellcome collection. This vessel likely dates to the Roman Period and will have contained wine or beer. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1908.

Munsell Chart reading

Main colour: 10R 5/6 Red | Decoration colour: 10R 4/1 Dark reddish grey


Bourriau, Janine 1981. Umm el-Ga'ab: pottery from the Nile Valley before the Arab conquest. Catalogue. Exhibition organised by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 6 October to 11 December 1981. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Last modified: 04 Jun 2022

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