Small hemispherical bowl

Napatan Period
about 750–270 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Grave 701


Overall: 8.9 x 12.5 cm (3 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This cup is fashioned of a reddish clay fabric. It has been treated with a red slip/wash and burnished. Much of the exterior, though, is in heavily battered and flaking condition. The base is rounded. Straight sides expand towards the upper body before inverting slightly to a straight rim. Just below the rim are 3 somewhat irregularly spaced incised lines created during the spinning process. There is a tiny hole in one side just above the base.


From el-Kurru, Ku. 701. 1919: 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 23, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition