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Small cup

This very small cup has convex sides that bulge outward from the base to a wide mouth. It is hand-made with rather rough shaping. Very small vessels such as this cup are common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts where they could be presented with offerings or as model offerings in and of...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 800-900, room 801 (collumned hall). 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: August 18, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan to Meroitic Period, about 750 B.C.–A.D. 320


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 4.5 x 4.7 cm (1 3/4 x 1 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World