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Straight-sided cup

Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani (?)
519–510 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 7 (Karkamani), NE foundation deposit


Overall: 9 x 8 cm (3 9/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This cup has straight sides and a straight, unworked rim. The base is pulled slightly to create a very small foot of sorts. Some portions have broken away and are missing.

Small vessels made of medium to coarse grades of clay are common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts where they could be presented with offerings or as model offerings in and of themselves. The shaping of many is often poor and irregular. Frequent irregularities or asymmetry in shaping reflect fast work and mass production. Knife-cut or cord-cut bases are common, though rounded bases occur as well.


From Nuri, Pyramid 7 (tomb of a Karkamani), NE foundation deposit. 1917-1918: 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: August 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition