Hemispherical bowl

Post-Meroitic/Byzantine Period
A.D. 364–476

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 25 (Queen(?) Maletaral II)


Overall: 5.8 x 15.2 cm (2 5/16 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is a fairly small, wide, and shallow hemispherical bowl that is treated with creamy white slip on both interior and exterior. The exterior side of the rim is painted with a thin line of dark brown paint. The interior is decorated with a designe of similar color: four lines run vertically from the rim to the center of the base (i.e. crossed, dividing the bowl into quadrants) where they meet with a symmetrical, intricately woven line design. The bowl is broken but mended; some portions are missing. The remaining portion has some cracks.


From Nuri, Pyramid 25 (tomb of Queen(?) Maletaral II). 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: September 1, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition