Small, bag-shaped jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Pottery case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Second Intermediate Period
Height: 95mm | Rim diameter: 27mm | Maximum diameter: 57mm | Height of maximum diameter: 30mm |
Number of Elements

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A handled jar dating to the Second Intermediate Period. This is Tell el Yahudiyeh ware. This type of juglet was named after a site in the eastern Delta but was also found in Cyprus, Palestine and Nubia. It is not known if it was made in Egypt or came in as a traded item. Maureen Kaplan believes the earliest examples are Egyptian. It is a small, bag-shaped jar. It has a rolled out rim with a long neck (28mm). It has one handle that is attached to the top of the neck and the top of the bag-shaped body (36.5mm). It has a round base. The jar has labelled in white pen with the identification code 'W1289', which is covered in a clear adhesive. It also has a serrated, discoloured white label with pencil marking of '3.3', which is placed on the body of the jar and is 23mm in length and 17mm wide. It has one shallow chip on the rim, and shallow abrasions around the jar. The body is divided into 4 decorated fields by 4 vertical bands. The bands are polished and the burnishing continues from the base to the handle, neck and rim. The decorated fields are not polished, and are decorated with incisions likely made by a comb with 14 teeth. The incisions make a 'v' and 'w' shapes. Inside these incisions is white faded pigment.

Munsell Chart reading

5YR/2.5/1 - Black

Other Identity
537 (circular serrated label)
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Assumed long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Feb 2022

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