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Fragments of a bowl

Meroitic or later
after 1

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, 901,902


Overall: 8 x 12 x 19 x 0.4 cm (3 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



Two fragments of a drab bodied bowl, including rim, pink slip on interior and exterior, brown and red floral decoration on exterior. The fragments which form this vessel are typical of “eggshell” ware, the most famous of the Nubian styles. Such vessels are thin-walled, buff in color and manufactured from a fine, light-colored clay. They are decorated with motifs that demonstrate classical influences from contemporary Egypt and were, in all liklihood, the product of outstanding workshops with specialized “schools” of painting. The motif on this vessel is presented in a frieze of repeating floral elements outlined in black pigment. Between the petals and stem is a circular unit of red pigment contoured in black. The underside of the bowl depicts a stylized rosette.


From Gebel Barkal, Temple of Amun area, 901, 902. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date June 12, 2008)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition