Bowl with impressed decoration - ROM2011_11750_13


Bowl with impressed decoration

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Meroe, Sudan (ancient Nubia)
Date: c. 50-250 AD
Period: Early Meroitic Period
7.7 x 10.2 cm
Object number: 921.4.11
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond (University of Liverpool Excavations Committee for the Garstang Excavations at Meroe, Sudan, 1909-1913)
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Nubia

This globular bowl with a short vertical neck has has been restored from two small sherds recovered by the John Garstang excavations at Meroe in 1909-1910. The surface has been coated with a thick red paint and then polished. The interior of the rim is also painted red. A horizontal panel, framed by two black horizontal bands, encircles the body of the vessel and contains seven rows of an impressed indeterminate design. The design is tear-drop shaped with the centre painted red. This could possibly indicate some sort of vegetation or even hooded cobras (uraeii ). This vessel is an example of the fine pottery industry developed at the site of Meroe in the Sudan north of Khartoum in the first centuries of the common era. (Rexine Hummel & S.B. Shubert)

Object History: Excavated by Dr. John Garstang, 1909-1910
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