Medium cylindrical jar

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Predynastic Period
Naqada III
Pottery (Marl)
Egypt, Tarkhan, Grave 18
Height: 290mm | Maximum diameter: 113mm | Rim diameter: 113mm | Base diameter: 69mm | Height of maximum diameter: 290mm | Vessel index: 38
Number of Elements

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Cylindrical jar with a convex base and rolled rim. Faint pinching slightly below the rim where wavy-handled decoration is usually located. Such vessels date from the Predynastic to the Early Dynastic Period and are made from Marl clay, which requires a higher firing temperature than Nile clay. This particular vessel can be dated to the Naqada IIIB Period. It was excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt in grave 18 at 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. Subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.

Munsell Chart reading

5YR 7/3 pink


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 for close parallel]

Other Identity
CA100 (Aberystwyth number written in pen on the base)
Previous Owners
British School of Archaeology in Egypt | University of Wales, Aberystwyth | John Bancroft Willans (1881–1957)
Excavation Details

Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt within grave 18 of Tarkhan during the 1911–12 season.

Gift, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (24 Mar 1997)
Last modified: 01 Dec 2022

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