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Disc-shaped lid

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1098

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The Ancient World



This is a thin, disc-shaped lid (or, less likely, a token). Though it could possibly be an extremely well shaped example fashioned from a fragment of a broken pottery vesse, it appears likely that it was fashioned deliberately as a lid. It is fashioned of a black clay fabric with notable proportion of limestone inclusions. There are traces of a red wash as well.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1098. 1914: 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: September 18, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition