vessel / toy
A neck and head of a camel, a spout broken from a terracotta vessel or from a figure of the animal, with a narrow pouring-hole at the tip of the muzzle. A suspension-lug, now broken, was attached to the lower neck near its junction with the vessel or the camel's body, part of which remains, with throwing-marks oddly orientated, perhaps indicating that a camel-shaped pourer is more likely than a spouted pot (as does the suspension-lug). The neck and the main part of the head were wheel-thrown and manipulated to shape; the muzzle was added and pierced to form the spout and small lumpy eyes were applied. Purple-brown Nile silt with many small white inclusions. The exterior is coated with a cream-coloured slip, with facial and harness details in black and red fired-on ceramic colours.
- 550-650 (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Wadi Sarga, monastery
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 9.1 centimetres
Donated: Byzantine Research and Publication Fund (BRPF). Excavated by R. Campbell Thompson and F.A. Richards in 1913-14 at Wadi Sarga, 15 miles south of Asyut. [The same as registration no. 1919,0505.316.]
Late Roman, about AD 550-650.
Comparandum: Near: Petrie et al. 1910: pl. xl:44, from a house at Memphis probably to be dated between late Ptolemaic times and the third century AD.
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA32447
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