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 painted floral decoration on the sides and base of this shallow bowl were inspired by Greek ceramics. One section of the vessel is broken and mended together with a missing part reconstructed in plaster and painted to match the original. Exhibited at the Louvre, Paris, in the 2010 exhibition, ‘Méroé. Un empire sur le Nil’.