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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA73548

  • Description

    A terracotta figure of a man, probably but not certainly standing, blowing a cylindrical wind-instrument which he holds to his mouth with both hands. He has a pointed head and pinched-out eyes, nose and ears. Of the legs, only the upper thighs survive, projecting from below a loincloth of grass or string wrapped round and sealed with pitch or glue. There is an off-centre hole pierced in his torso at navel level, through which some strands of the grass or string pass, or possibly the stem of a plant. The top of his head is damaged. Solid; hand-modelled. Brown Nile silt with some mica. Traces of an overall cream-coloured slip. Minute signs of red fired-on ceramic colour remain on the body and under the musical instrument; pink colour below the nose.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC-7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 6.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    Donated: Byzantine Research and Publication Fund. Excavated by R. Campbell Thompson and F.A. Richards in 1913-14 at Wadi Sarga, 15 miles south of Asyut.

    Late Roman, about AD 550-650.

    Comparandum: Near: Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, no. 3597, in bronze.

  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3403 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (incomplete)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1919

  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA73548

  • Registration number

    1919,0505.309

Earthenware doll (?); brown fabric; in shape of a man playing a horn (?); pierced in the midriff; the legs are missing.

Earthenware doll (?); brown fabric; in shape of a man playing a horn (?); pierced in the midriff; the legs are missing.

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