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Historical period(s)
Meroitic Period, 2nd-4th century CE
Earthenware with paint
H x W x D (overall): 9.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm (3 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This cup belongs to a ceramic style of the second to fourth centuries C.E. produced in the kingdom of Meroe (270 B.C.E.–350 C.E.), located in ancient Nubia (the region along the Nile River extending from what is now southern Egypt to Khartoum, capital of the Republic of Sudan). Excavations at cemeteries in Nubia have uncovered many examples of similar earthenware vessels decorated on the exterior with floral ornaments and bands in black and red paint.

To 1907
Unknown owner, Egypt, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by an unnamed individual in Egypt in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1829, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
earthenware, flower, lotus, Meroitic Period (ca. 300 BCE - 400 CE), Sudan
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors.
The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.