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  • Description

    Redware pottery jar with a pointed base, convex sides widening to the rounded shoulder decorated with incised grooves, a short concave neck narrowing to the everted rim, decorated with a buff-coloured slip.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24.8 centimetres
    • Diameter: 22.1 centimetres (maximum)
  • Condition

    fair - holes in fabric

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    28 November 1980

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and desalt.

    Treatment details

    Immersed in soaking tank. Water was changed 12/11/1980. Water was changed 17/11/1980. Water was changed 19/11/1980. Water was changed 21/11/1980. Water was changed 24/11/1980. Water was changed 26/11/1980. Water was changed 28/11/1980.

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.5269 (Birch Slip Number)

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