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  • Description

    Lower part of a conical, narrow pottery bottle; twisted.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3000BC-2500BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.625 inches
    • Height: 7.125 inches
  • Exhibition history


    1997 Jul-31 Dec, BM exhibition: "Pottery in the Making", Museum of Mankind.

  • Condition

    Incomplete; lower part of object only.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 May 1997

    Treatment proposal

    Clean soil from inside and keep.


    Surface dirt, compacted soil inside.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with soft brush and puffer. Mechanically removed soil using Tiranti tool and brush, kept soil seperate in numbered bags.

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  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


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