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canopic jar

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  • Description

    Fragment of a calcite Dynasty 26 canopic jar later reused as an ostracon to draw a figure in Hellenistic style. Scholars have interpreted the figure to be an angel or saint based on the function of the site as a monastery in Late Antiquity.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.7 centimetres
    • Width: 11.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Comment

        Incised. 2 vertical lines
  • Curator's comments

    PM II (2): p.400

  • Bibliography

    • Naville 1907-1913 3:21 and pl. 34, no.9 bibliographic details
    • Providence 1989 no.160 (p.246) bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Condition

    fair (incomplete)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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COMPASS Title: Part of a calcite canopic jar with a sketch of a saint


COMPASS Title: Part of a calcite canopic jar with a sketch of a saint

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