Production date
1650 BCE-1550 BCE
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Object Detail

Ovaloid shaped jar made of Nile silt clay with elongated neck, flared flat rim with large chip (missing) and pointed base. There is evidence of shallow indented patterning and banding on the shoulder of the jar. The body of the vessel has 120mm crack running horizontally around the middle of the jar. The vessel has inclusions, indentations and 'wheel ' marks.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian pot
Production place
H190mm x D83mm X C26mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery, Nile Silt
History and use
One of the most important uses of clay in Ancient Egypt was the production of pottery vessels. Pottery manufacture goes back some 5000 years, and vessels include those used for everyday cooking and domestic purposes, storage of cosmetics and oils, storage and transport of food and drink, and use in temple and funerary rituals. Most pottery is plain and utilitarian, however Egyptian potters were highly skilled and produced vessels decorated with elaborate designs, with a variety of vessel shapes.

Queensland Museum holds a selection of pottery from the ancient Egyptian city of Esna. This archaeologically significant group of pottery came from a large cemetery, where the deceased were buried with goods for use in the afterlife. 385 tombs were excavated by John Garstang and assistant E. Harold Jones in 1905, under the auspices of the Service de Antiquities on behalf of the University of Liverpool. To support the excavations Garstang assembled excavation committees of wealthy donors who provided funds for his fieldwork in Egypt. In return for their donations committee members received a selection of the best objects from the excavations. More than 2000 pieces of pottery were excavated, and tombs also containing funeral stelae, beads, shells, scarabs, other small objects.
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