Ovoid storejar - ROM2018_16213_72


Ovoid storejar

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2345-2181 BC
Period: 6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
40 × 22.5 cm
Object number: 909.77.30
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionAfter W. M. Petrie’s excavations at the royal tombs of Abydos in 1900-1901, the Egypt Exploration Fund continued excavations at Abydos.  In 1908-1909 cemetery F was excavated by a team headed by W. L.S. Loat and E.R. Ayrton and the contents of one of the tombs, F109, has come to the Royal Ontario Museum. This tomb assemblage represents a typical middle class burial at the end of the Old Kingdom. This large shouldered ovoid jar would have been useful for storing foodstuffs for the deceased. The lower part of the vessel is coil-made with vertical scrapping on the exterior, while the upper part has been wheelmade with uneven horizontal incisions around the upper body.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1908-1909
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