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 with painted plaster. Find spot number is marked on the base in pencil by the archaeologist 900 M 13.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Meroitic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
    From the Collection of 1st Viscount Leverhulme
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    114 mm x 82 mm
  • Note
    Part of the Lady Lever Art Gallery antiquities collection.
  • Related people
    William Hesketh Lever ( Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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