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2nd-4th century C.E.

Meroitic Period

Earthenware with paint
H: 9.5 W: 8.5 D: 8.5 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.633

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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.