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vessel / ostracon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA71319

  • Description

    Ostracon, large section (two fragments joined) of the body of a drab-coloured pottery vessel, the fabric is relatively coarse, the exterior is covered with a grey-brown slip and remains of one line of black-painted demotic text.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 19.2 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 18.8 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Demotic
      • Inscription Position

        exterior
      • Inscription Comment

        Remains of one line of black-painted demotic text.
  • Curator's comments

    Being studied for publication by Bryan Kraemer.
    Thot 'Great of 5' Group

  • Condition

    fair (two fragments joined)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1988

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA71319

  • Registration number

    1988,1206.14

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