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
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    43 mm x 95 mm x 4 mm
  • Related people
    John Garstang (Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology (Collector, previous owner)

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