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ostracon / bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Ostracon, fragment of the rim-section of a buff-coloured pottery bowl with slightly flaring sides and everted ledge-rim, the fabric is partially light-brown in section, the exterior is covered with a light-brown slip, three lines of Coptic text written in black ink survive on the interior and a further two lines on the exterior.


  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 83 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        both sides
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Remains of five lines of Coptic text written in black ink (three on the interior and two on the exterior).
  • Curator's comments

    To be published by J. Cromwell

  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 244116 ( bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 538


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