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This pot is made of marl clay and is 94cm at its widest diameter. Marl clay was found on the desert edge and under the cultivation near the desert was used. 

This is a small squat bowl with inturned rim and incised decoration. The style of the vessel suggests that it dates to the Second Intermediate Period. 

The fact that these vessels do not have a flat base shows that they were either put in pot holders, suspended by a net or placed in the sand to stay upright.

Unfortunately we do not know what was in this item. Since such vessels are quite small they probably contained an expensive commodity, perhaps scented ointment. 

There are 4 holes around the rim which may have been to suspend the pot or tie on a lid. 

This item was part of the Rustafjaell collection purchased by welcome in 1906. 

For a very similar bowl see the Petrie Museum example from El Kab: UC18385

Other pottery in the Egypt Centre

Other Second Intermediate Period items


Further Reading 

Arnold, D. a Bourriau, J. (ed.) 1993, An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Pottery. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern. 

Bourriau, J. 1981. Umm el-Ga’ab. Pottery from the Nile Valley Before the Arab Conquest. Caergrawnt: Fitzwilliam Museum. 

Bourriau, J., Nicholson. P. a Rose, P. 2000. Pottery inn Nicholson, P.T. a Shaw, I. (ed.) Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, Caergrawnt: Cambridge University Press, 121-147.

Brunton, G. 1926. Qau and Badari III. London: British School of Archaeology in Egypt.

Brunton, G. 1937. Mostagedda and the Tasian Culture. London: B Quaritch.

Hope, Colin, 1987. Egyptian Pottery. Princes: Risborough: Shire.