About this object

Highly-skilled potters at Meroe produced beautiful ceramics so delicate that archaeologists call it ‘eggshell ware’. Using potter’s wheels they shaped very fine clay into thin walled cups, beakers and bowls used for formal tableware. The stamp impression decoration technique on this cup is similar to Roman ceramics. The vessel is restored from a few ancient sherds and modern reconstruction using painted paster. Find spot number is marked on the base in pencil by the archaeologist 900 M 13.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Meroitic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    100 AD – 300 AD about
  • Materials
    Plaster; Pottery
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Presented by the Excavations in the Sudan, Meroe, 1914 Committee of the University of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    114 mm x 82 mm
  • Related people


Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1917
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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