LL 5198


Cream-coloured, fine ceramic cup decorated with stamped hawk and cross motifs, and a red band around the rim. The vessel is restored from a few ancient sherds and modern reconstruction with painted plaster. Find number M13 900. 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 bowl is similar to Roman ceramics.