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Cup with resinous contents

This is a slender cup with upper portion broken off and missing. It has a rounded base with a slight knob at the center. Sides are generally straight and the small remaining portion of the rim indicates it is thin and straight. The cup is approximately two-thirds full of a yellow-brown resin.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building 700 (Temple), U-G. Corner, SE foundation deposit (disturbed). 1916: 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 13, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 9.6 x 8 cm (3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits