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This cup has a rounded base, straight sides that narrow towards the top, and a straight, unworked rim. The exterior is treated with a red wash. There are slight traces of white in various areas; it is unclear if these are remnants of white paint/wash or if rather the result of salt...

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From Nuri, Pyramid 30 (tomb of a queen?), NW foundation deposit. 1917-1918: 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 Karkamani (?), 519–510 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 9 x 6.5 cm (3 9/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits