Height: 43.000 cm
Gift of Oxford University
Room 65: Sudan, Egypt & Nubia
Red slipped amphora
From Faras, Sudan
Meroitic Period, 1st to 2nd centuries AD
Amphora decorated with vine leaves and ducks in black and white
Fineware bowls, cups and jars were often placed
in Meroitic graves, to be used by the deceased in the Afterlife.
Like the fragile fineware vessels, this
The decorative motifs are derived from those of Ptolemaic and early Roman Egypt, from about the third to the first century BC. The combination of geometric, floral and animal motifs is typical of pottery of this period. It shows the influence of the Mediterranean world, which was becoming ever more pronounced as Egypt came under the domination of the Greeks, and then the Romans. The running vine leaves continued to be a popular motif into the Coptic period, appearing on pottery until the Arab conquest in the seventh century AD.
Animal motifs were
common in the art of the Mediterranean world. The ducks at the base
of this vessel could have been observed from local wildlife. They
could also be derived from Egyptian art, in which they were
frequently depicted, or copied from