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Squat lotiform cup

This cup is made of a somewhat coarse, light reddish clay fabric. It has a lotiform body of squat proportions with straight to very slightly concave sides, expanding towards the top to a flaring straight rim. The base is rounded. Very small vessels are common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building (temple) 100). 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 21, 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: 5.1 x 10 cm (2 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World