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Deep streaky burnished bowl

This bowl, fashioned of a red-brown clay fabric, has almost straight sides but for a slight in-curve at the top. It has a flat base, and the rim is straight. The exterior is treated with a red slip that has been burnished to a streaky pattern. Much of this treatment, however, has worn away....

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal. 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 25, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period (?), about 750–270 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 10.5 x 17.1 cm (4 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World