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Hemispherical Bowl with pedestal and engraved decoration

datation
Between 1900-1650 BC
provenance
Aniba, Cemetry N, Grave 402
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This hemispherical bowl with a small concave base comes from N cemetery, tomb 402, in Aniba and is typical of C-Group ceramic production. This form, shaped by hand, with slightly curved in rim, is the most common of this period with infinite combinations of various incised decorative lines: stripes, diamonds and zigzag. The vases are fired in a reduction atmosphere to give it a beautiful black slipware gloss and the engraved motives, for emphasis, are filled with a white paste.

This ceramic, very different from that found in Egypt from the same period, is of high quality. C-Group ceramics stem from a tradition which goes back to the Neolithic cultures of Nubia and Sudan in the 5th millennium BC; and which can be followed in the Middle and Upper Nile valleys up to the Meroitic and early Christian periods.

This local tradition of African origin, favours patterns evoking wickerwork (items made from plant fiber), such as baskets. The art of weaving is still very present for Nubian artisans today who make plates and baskets decorated with geometric patterns enhanced with shimmering tones.

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