Height: 7.600 cm
Diameter: 9.500 cm
Gift of Oxford University
Room 65: Sudan, Egypt & Nubia
Fineware cup with frogs
From Faras, Sudan
Meroitic Period, 1st to 2nd century AD
Decorated with frogs and lotus flowers painted in black
The fineware pottery produced by Meroitic craftsmen is extremely striking. The range of wheel-made vessels consists of bowls, jars and cups. Their characteristically pale cream colour and extremely thin walls give them the appearance of eggshells.
could be impressed with small ornamental stamps or painted in red
and black with a variety of motifs. Some artists found inspiration
in familiar Egyptian symbols like the
The great variety of decoration used by Meroitic potters makes it difficult to date individual vessels. Several schools of painting style have been distinguished. Identifying individual painters by their techniques and favoured motifs has even been possible. However, these craftsmen remain anonymous as they never signed their work.
J.H. Taylor, Egypt and Nubia (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)
S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)