Straight-sided cup

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken
643–623 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 3 (Senkamanisken), NE foundation deposit

Dimensions

Overall: 9 x 7.4 cm (3 9/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.4449

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

This cup has straight sides and a straight, unworked rim. The base is pulled slightly to create a very small foot of sorts.

Small vessels made of medium to coarse grades of clay are common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts where they could be presented with offerings or as model offerings in and of themselves. The shaping of many is often poor and irregular. Frequent irregularities or asymmetry in shaping reflect fast work and mass production. Knife-cut or cord-cut bases are common, though rounded bases occur as well.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 3 (tomb of Senkamanisken), NE foundation deposit. 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 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition