Convex-sided bowl

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–19
1550–1186 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, B 501 (outer court), VI brick room, Great Temple of Amun


Overall: 8.7 x 22.2 cm (3 7/16 x 8 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This shallow bowl has convex sides with a sharp upper curviture that is not quite a carination. The base is rounded, but gradual enough that the bowl is able to sit flat. It has a flat, pinched rim with a slight inversion. Both the interior and exterior of the bowl have been treated with a red slip/wash and burnished; the interior pattern is particularly streaky. There are black discolorations on the exterior and (especially concentrated) interior, with patterning suggestive of botanical matter once pressed against the vessel.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building B500 (Great Temple of Amun), Room 501 (outer court), VI brick room. 1920: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession Date: August 25, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition