Cylindrical jar with ink inscription

British Museum

British Museum

Cylinder jar of dull red pottery: with the remains of a pale cream slip. The jar has an external roll-rim, part of which is missing, and an incised line of decoration around the neck. On the side of the jar is an inscription in black ink, some of the earliest writing in Egypt.

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  • Title: Cylindrical jar with ink inscription
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 27.00cm; Width: 12.00cm (max); Diameter: 12.40cm (rim); Diameter: 10.50cm (base)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: incised
  • Registration number: 1901,1012.8
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Abydos
  • Period/culture: Late Predynastic; 1st Dynasty
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Egypt Exploration Fund