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Straight-sided cup with resinous contents

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

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

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Medium or Technique


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The Ancient World


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.


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