Spherical jar with four rows of painted decoration

Period: Meroitic Period

Date: 100 B.C.–A.D. 300

Geography: From Egypt and Sudan, Nubia

Medium: Pottery, paint

Dimensions: H. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.202.47


From both the technical and aesthetic point of view, the ceramics produced during the Meroitic period of the Kushite kingdom are of superb quality. These ceramics are particularly common in Lower Nubia, where many sites have been excavated. Decorative elements include geometric designs, plant and animal motifs, and even human figures. Although their repertoire shows both Egyptian and Hellenistic influence, the Kushite ceramic artists of this period develop their own distinctive style, which makes Meroitic pottery easy to recognize.