LL 5195


Cream-coloured, fine ceramic cup with sunken hexagon motif and red painted rim. 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. 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.