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Clay ostrakon


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Title/s

Clay ostrakon

Category

vessel

Name

unknown

Description

An ostrakon is a reused fragment of pottery or stone and can contain notes, sketches, receipts or letters. The example here is a letter in Saidic Coptic from the priest Markos to a holy father, begging him to send incense through a certainn Kyriakos, as arranged. Body sherd, with 14 lines of Coptic on one side and 3 lines inside, in black ink

Field Collection

Egypt

Technique Description

reused

Dimensions

depth 0.9 cm
height 17.1 cm
width 15.6 cm

Period

Coptic

Date

circa A.D. 401 — A.D. 600

Provenance

given: Gayer-Anderson, R.G. (Major) 1943 (Filtered for: Antiquities)

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Interpretation: request for incense

Material/s

clay

Accession Number

E.GA.4690.1943 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 59137; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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