Pottery sherd

Accession Number
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Middle Kingdom
Twelfth Dynasty to Thirteenth Dynasty
Pottery (Marl)
Length: 113mm | Height: 110mm | Thickness: 13mm
Number of Elements
Vienna System
Marl C

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Body sherd of a large storage jar. The vessel was handmade with a smoothed exterior. The fabric is the classic Middle Kingdom Marl C used for the production of so-called "Zirs". The inclusions consist of semi-decomposed limestone, coarse quartz, and pink-purple pellets of unfired clay. The break has a wide grey core with bands of salmon pink on either side.

Munsell Chart reading

Interior and exterior: 2.5YR 6/4 light reddish brown


Bader, Bettina 2002. A concise guide to Marl C-pottery. Ägypten und Levante 12, 29–54. Bader, Bettina 2001. Tell el-Dab'a XIII: Typologie und Chronologie der Mergel C-Ton Keramik. Materialien zum Binnenhandel des Mittleren Reiches und der Zweiten Zwischenzeit. Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen Archäologischen Institutes 19; Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie 22. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

Last modified: 16 Apr 2022

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