Clay Pot

This is a small pot made from a limestone or marl clay. This type of clay was used in Egypt from Predynastic times, although it was less common than Nile silt clay because it was harder to work and harder to obtain. This small pot is typical of domestic pottery from ancient Egypt. The pointed base has been cut to shape with a knife, which helps to date it to the Middle Kingdom. Larger vessels of this type were used as water jars, this example is rather small for that purpose. We can only guess at its use - possibly for food preparation. Middle Kingdom, 2055-1650 BC.

NWHCM : 1975.654.2 : A

Rim diameter: 53mm
Diameter: 53mm
Height: 151mm

From Thetford Museum, 1975.

Photograph number: Eg00126a.jpg