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Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Mirgissa, surface debris of cemetery on Take Island

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The Ancient World



One fragment, broken into two pieces. Of three fragments of decorated pottery with a black painted decoration and a red slip. These fragments, found in the area of the Second Cataract Forts in Lower Nubia, once formed the body of a large globular vessel of Meroitic type. Such vessels are typically wheel-made and manufactured from a combination of alluvial silt and desert clay. The fabric of this particular vessel is very fine, has few inclusions, and is of red/brown coloration. The entire pot was covered with a red slip of simlar hue. The painted band of a wreath pattern forms a central frieze along the body of the vessel. It is paralleled by a painted beaker from Karanog, a Romano-Nubian cemetery. Belongs with 31.1908.2.


From Mirgissa, surface debris of cemetery on Take Island. 1931: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition