Small bag shaped jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Domestic piety case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Second Intermediate Period
Pottery (Nile silt)
Height: 144mm | Maximum diameter: 76mm | Rim diameter: 63mm | Height of maximum diameter: 45mm | Vessel index: 53
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Vienna System
Nile B

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A small bag-shaped jar that has been wheel spun with a hand-carved base. The pottery vessel appears to have been poorly fired, with several areas appearing much darker. Traces of mica are present along the body of the vessel. There is an incised line that has applied decoration attached, just beneath the rolled rim (outside), which depicts the horns of a cow and sun-disk linking it to the goddess Hathor. Hathor vases probably contained wine or milk drunk at Hathor festivals. Hathor was a goddess of drunkenness, but the milk aspect is supported by the fact that temple estates kept cows for holy milk. It has been slightly misshapen causing unevenness on the body, although there are no visible breaks. This jar dates to the Second Intermediate Period.

Munsell Chart reading

2.5YR 5/6 red


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