About this object

Pottery jug with a human head which has a braided lock of hair on one side and a collar around the neck. There is a big hole with thick rim at the back of the figure presumably to allow liquid to be poured into the jug. At the front, a pair of arms extends towards a pointed spout from which the liquid was poured out. The pot has a flat base, red colour with a white wash.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    3rd Century AD - 9th Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1900s early
  • Measurements
    135 mm x 90 mm x 90 mm
  • Note
    There is a similar example in the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, the University of Liverpool.
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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