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L. Hippo Fragment R. Thin Walled Bowl with Cattle.
30th c BCE Nubian Group A Culture Sculpture

NUBIAN Anonymous (active c. 3800 BCE - present) Primary
3000 BCE
30th c BCE
Group A Culture
Qustal. Lower Nubia. Sudan.
Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History.
Archeologists have identified various groups that inhabited Nubia during the Neolithic period, the most important being Group A and Group C. The two ceramic pieces that we see here display characteristics that will be important for later Nubian art: a lively and charming way of depicting animals and great skill in the handing of ceramics. The hippo on the left shows a clear observation of the animals that were ubiquitous along the upper Nile, and is an important prototype for the much later Egyptian representations of the same beast. The thin walls of the vessel on the right are much more competently handled than were contemporary Egyptian examples.

Caption: NUBIAN |L. Hippo Fragment R. Thin Walled Bowl with Cattle | 3000 BCE | Nubian | Group A Culture
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