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Clay ostrakon: E.GA.4690.1943

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Clay ostrakon


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

Measurements and weight

Depth: 0.9 cm
Height: 17.1 cm
Width: 15.6 cm

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Find spot

  • Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Gayer-Anderson, R. G. (Major)


Circa 401 - 600

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Thrown : Reused

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.4690.1943
Primary reference Number: 59137
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 January 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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