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Lid shaped from a vessel fragment

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1804

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This is a circular lid (or, less likely, a token) shaped from a fragment of a pottery vessel, either black-topped redware or black-topped red polished. It has a slight concavity due to the portion of the original vessel from which the source fragment broke off. There is one chip missing. The lid may have been used for an offering/model vessel.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1804. 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