Spherical jar with four rows of painted decoration
100 B.C.–A.D. 300
From Egypt and Sudan, Nubia
H. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
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.
Purchased by the Museum from Mohammed Mohassib, Luxor, 1908.
Hill, Marsha 2000. "Roman Egypt." In The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, edited by Elizabeth J. Milleker. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 101, fig. 82, p. 208.