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Clay cup: E.GA.4676.1943

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Clay cup




Clay bowl or drinking cup. Handmade with impressed and incised decoration, filled with white pigment.

Clay bowl or drinking cup. Handmade, smoothed with fingers on the inside and burnished (rubbed with a hard object) on the outside. On the rim is a doible row of impressed triangles and below this is an incised lattice design of diamond shapes, which are alternately plain and filled with impressed dots. The incised lines were originally filled with a white pigment. The clay is Nile silt and the dark interior colour is typical of Nubian pottery. This type of pottery is known as C-group which indicates that it was made in Nubia (southern Egypt/modern Sudan) and is of a second millenium date. The pot is complete and has no breaks. The base is rounded and it is unable to stand unaided. the vessel was made in Nubia but probably then transported to Egypt, where it was probably buried in a grave (hence its perfect condition). The exact find-spot is unknown.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.8 cm
Height: 9.4 cm

Find spot

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Gayer-Anderson, R. G. (Major)


Early C-Group
Circa -1976 BCE - -1648 BCE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.4676.1943
Primary reference Number: 59125
Oldadmincategory: P
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 12 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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