Large bag-shaped jar

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Pottery (Nile silt)
Egypt, Esna, Tomb 90
Height: 262mm | Max diameter: 120mm | Height of max diameter: 98mm | Rim diameter: 86mm | Vessel index: 46
Number of Elements
Vienna System
Nile D

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This jar is made from Nile silt and dates to the Eighteenth Dynasty. It has a rolled outside rim and a pointed base. There is a red slip and it has been decorated with thick black bands, one on the rim, three on the neck, and two on the body of the jar. It has been wheel-made. There is some damage to the base of the jar. The jar is marked '90E XVIII Dyn Esna'. From tomb 90E at Esna excavated by Garstang. Originally part of the collection of the Reverend William MacGregor, the jar was later purchased at auction by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1930.

Munsell Chart reading

Base: 2.5YR 6/4 Light Reddish Brown | Slip: 10R 4/6 Red


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

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
90E (excavation number) | 14/3 (unidentified lot number)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 26 Jun–06 Jul 1922 | J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 14–15 Oct 1930, Lot 580
Auction Details
Three early decorated vases (Egypt).
Previous Owners
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936) | Rev. William MacGregor (1848–1937)
Excavation Details

Excavated by John Garstang within tomb 90 at Esna in 1905.

Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 18 Jun 2022

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