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KARANOG BOWL (No. 454)

H: 6,7cm. Bronze.
4th / 5th centuries A.D. National Museum, Khartum


This late bowl found in a Karanog tomb (between the 1st and 2nd cataracts) demonstrates the survival of Meroïtic art until the collapse of the country's political structures. Reproducing models of five centuries earlier, the bronze recipient is engraved with a frieze depicting an agricultural scene: a pair of well-to-do farmers receive a pail of milk from a servant. Behind them one can see a round hut topped with a disc which might lead us to attribute an (obscure) religious interpretation to the scene.


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