Necked spherical jar

Meroitic to Post-Meroitic Period, X-Group
about 750 B.C.–A.D. 600

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, B 504, Great Temple of Amun


Overall: 26 x 5.7 cm (10 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar has is fashioned of a red clay fabric that has fired black particularly in the upper portions. The exterior also has traces of black polishing. It has a bulging, virtually spherical body that constricts abruptly at the top to a flat ledge, leading into a narrow neck and rim with slight outward pull. A fragment is broken off of the rim and missing. Otherwise the jar is intact. The exterior has some white incrustations.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building B 500 (Great Temple of Amun), Room 504. 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 6, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition