Small simple bowl

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Egypt and its Neighbours
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Bowl
Pottery (Nile silt)
Nubia, Meroe, Tomb 304
Height: 50mm | Maximum diameter: 118mm | Rim diameter: 112mm | Base diameter: 34mm | Height of maximum diameter: 50mm | Vessel index: 236
Number of Elements

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A black hand-made pottery bowl with triangular decoration on the rim. It has a flat base and a trimmed rim. The pattern around the rim consists of large incised triangles each containing six smaller triangles impressed with a stamp. There is single flange on the rim with a vertical, prefiring hole through it. The bowl is black-fired and burnished. The label on the side indicates that the vessel originates from tomb 304 at Meroe, which was excavated by John Garstang in 1910. Garstang describes this tomb as a ring-graves, formed of dark pebbles, which a double entrance. It was purchased by Wellcome in 1920.

Munsell Chart reading

10YR 3/1 Very dark grey.

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
304z (excavation number written on the side in black ink)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 16–19 Jul 1912, Lot 192 | J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 15 Jun 1920, Lot 293
Auction Details
Gourd-shaped bowl, found in Egypt, with embossed decoration, rare; bowl with decorated rim, and 2 others plain.
Previous Owners
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936) | Henry Martyn Kennard (1833–1911)
Excavation Details

Excavated by John Garstang within tomb 304 at Meroe in 1910

Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Feb 2022

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