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Disc-shaped lid

This is a disc-shaped lid made of poorly fired or unfired clay. It appears likely that it was fashioned deliberately as a lid rather than being shaped from a fragment of a pottery vessel (as some were). The surface shows scattered small insect holes.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV or a subsidiary burial. 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 19, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World