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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA73529

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 550-650 (circa)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Terracotta IV
    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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Terracotta 3735 bibliographic details
  • 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

    EA73529

  • Registration number

    1919,0505.754

Earthenware toy (?) or spout from a vessel; red fabric; head and neck of an animal decorated with painted designs in brown and orange; hollow.

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Earthenware toy (?) or spout from a vessel; red fabric; head and neck of an animal decorated with painted designs in brown and orange; hollow.

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