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Straight-sided cup

This cup has straight sides and a straight, unworked rim. The base is pulled slightly to create a very small foot of sorts. Small vessels made of medium to coarse grades of clay are common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts where they could be presented with offerings or as model offerings in...

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From Nuri, Pyramid 3 (tomb of Senkamanisken), NE foundation deposit. 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, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 9 x 7.5 cm (3 9/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits