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Lid shaped from a vessel fragment

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1802

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This is a poorly shaped, roughly circular lid (or, less likely, a token) fashioned from a fragment of a blackened redware pottery vessel. There are traces of red polish. It has a slight concavity due to the portion of the original vessel from which the source fragment broke off. It may have been used for an offering/model vessel. There is a hole drilled partially through one side as well as some small craters/pocks in the same side.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1802. 1914: 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: September 18, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition