Inv. No. 4746
Excavation at Zawiet el-‘Arian, 6th-8th century
Ostraca are fragmentary pieces of pottery, stone or bone
bearing inscriptions or a design. This ostracon shows part
of a running horse, its body decorated with motifs and a
Inv. No. 4382
Deir el-Bahari, 7th-8th century
This limestone ostracon with Coptic script is a letter from
Phrangas to the pious priest Peter, asking for news of
Inv. No. 4588
Deir el-Bahari, 7th century
Long before the Coptic era, ostraca were favored material
for drawing unconventional sketches. This example is of a
man falling from a palm tree.
Inv. No. 4661
7th – 9th century
Both sides of this ostracon was used for drawings; a
rosette, a cross and a geometric design.
Inv. No. 4351
This ostracon with Coptic script is a personal letter from
Patoure to Nathnael informing him that he was living in
(the monastery of) Pesyntius.
Inv. No. 4525
this fragment of bone, ten lines of black ink are written
on one side and one line on the other.