User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Cup with inverted rim

This small cup has the proportions of a miniature squat shouldered jar. Convex sides bulge outward from the base and then curve inward to a slightly constricted, but still wide mouth. The inverted rim is unworked. Very small vessels such as this cup are common in grave, tomb, and temple...

Show Full Description


From el-Kurru, Ku. 1 (tomb of an unknown king), SW foundation deposit. 1919: 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 18, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Late Napatan Period, 362–342 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6 x 3.9 cm (2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits