About this object

Fragments of the edge of a beaker that had a straight wall, thickening slightly at the rim, are decorated with a scene painted in brick red. On the left stands a naked man with a full beard, seen from behind, who turns to the right and bends slightly forward. His left arm is extended behind his body; his right arm hangs down in front of him. A naked woman, in front view, is turned towards him. She holds in front of her abdomen a large rectangular patterned object. Lotus flowers on slender stems appear between and behind the two figures. A damaged area to the right indicates the place where the handle was attached, and beyond it is preserved a painted arm with an object in the hand, part of another scene. Two pieces broken and mended together. This is a rare example of a narrative scene in Meroitic pottery, probably influenced by contemporary styles in Alexandria.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang, 1949
  • Collector
    John Garstang
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    43 mm x 95 mm x 4 mm
  • Note
    Excavated by Professor Garstang, 1909-1914, on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology; locus 289, outside royal city wall; ex collection of Professor John Garstang (no. 140); purchased from the collection of Professor John Garstang in 1949.
    Steffen Wenig, Africa in Antiquity. The Arts of Ancient Nubia and the Sudan volume 2 (The Brooklyn Museum, 1978), p. 278 (cat. no. 220); Piotr Bienkowski and Angela Tooley, ‘Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum’, (London, 1995), p. 98, fig. 153
  • Related people
    John Burges Eustace Garstang (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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