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Fragmentary body of a black polished bottle

Napatan Period, reign of Nasakhma
468–463 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 46, stairway


Overall: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



Three fragments remain to comprise the majority of a bottle fashioned of a buff-colored clay fabric and treated with a black polished exterior. The neck and rim are broken off and missing. The body has squat, bag-shaped proportions with a very low, sharp point of inflection and a small flat base. A pattern of incised lines has been added to the upper body, presumably while turning on a wheel during the shaping process.


From Nuri, Pyramid 46,stairway. 1918: 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 8, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition