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Straight-sided cup with resinous contents

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani (?)
519–510 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 30 (a queen?), SW foundation deposit

Accession Number

20.4474

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

This redware cup has a rounded base with a small pointed node near the center. The sides are straight, narrowing towards the top to a straight rim. Prominent rilling lines are visible on the exterior, and there are traces of a red wash. The exterior also has small spots of black. It is in somewhat battered condition. The cup contains a solidified mass of a semi-crystalline sap or resin with earth chaff inclusions. Some residue from this material also coats most of the bottom of the interior.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 30 (tomb of a queen?), SW foundation deposit. 1917: 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 22, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition