Conical bowl

Nubian (Pan-Grave)
Pan-Grave Period
about 1700–1520 B.C.


Height x diameter: 9.5 x 10 cm (3 3/4 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This conical bowl has steep walls that taper towards the bottom. The decoration consists of diagonally striped ribbing. The double tie ornament applied around the rim is characteristic of Pan-Grave ceramics, found in burials in Lower Nubia, Upper Egypt, and on occasion even as far north as Middle Egypt. There is a small hole (diam 2 mm) pierced through the center of the base from the exterior, pre-firing. Complete but cracked.

Named after the shape of their flat, pan-like burial pits, Pan-Grave peoples probably inhabited the Nubian eastern desert. They served as soldiers in Egypt and retained their own burial customs and grave goods. (Sudan catalogue)
Made of Nile silt.


Said to be from Abydos. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe for 2 shillings. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund