Drinking Cup

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 12–17

Date: ca. 1900–1550 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt and Sudan, Nubia, Faras, Cemetery 2, Grave 110, University of Oxford Excavations in Nubia 1911–1912

Medium: Black incised ware with white filling.

Dimensions: h. 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in); diam. 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1913

Accession Number: 13.125.28a


This handmade cup was smoothed inside with the fingers, and the outer surface burnished with a smooth pebble. The rim decoration consists of two rings of impressed triangles filled with white pigment, creating a pattern of raised black lozenges. Below, a series of triangles and lozenges are filled with short hatched lines that are enhanced with white pigment.