About this object

John Garstang’s excavations at Meroë were mostly focused on the city and its surrounding structures. His team also cleared groups of tombs in nearby cemeteries and found large quantities of handmade beer jars like this one. This funnel-necked jar is marked by the impression of a mat or textile pressed against the wet clay before firing. It is handmade and like other storage jars much coarser than the finer pottery people ate and drank from.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Meroitic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    100 AD – 300 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Donated by Lt. Col. Townsend
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    565 mm x 410 mm
  • Related people
    John Burges Eustace Garstang (Collector, previous owner); Townsend (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Museum Supplement: Greek Antiquities from the Wellcome Collection: A Distribution List

    de Peyer, R M; Johnston, A W

    Author: de Peyer, R M; Johnston, A W
    Publisher: The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
    Date: 1986


Previous owners

  • Townsend

    Owned from: 1914
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Donation
  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

    Owned from: 1909
    How acquired: Excavation
    Owned until: 1914
    Disposal method: Donation
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