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L. Ceramic Figurines R. Folukas on the Nile.
24th-17th c BCE Nubian Nubian (Group C) Sculpture

NUBIAN LATE GROUP C CULTURE Anonymous (c. 1700 BCE - c. 1500 BCE) Primary
2300 BCE-1700 BCE
24th-17th c BCE
Nubian (Group C)
Nile River. Nubia.
L. Leipzig. University Museum.
The collection of figurines on the left from ancient Nubia depict torsos of a man and a woman, a sheep, long-horned cattle, and a boat. They tell us something about the life the people led, including the animals they tended and their means of transportation. Other finds indicate that removable heads were made to fit on top of the torsos. these little figures were found in tombs and were probably created to symbolically accompany the deceased into the next world. Many of the tombs found in the ancient Nubian city of Kerma were quite large. Some had chapels decorated with skulls of cattle and sheep, another indication of the importance of these creatures in the life of the Nubians. The bow of the boat is marked with small black dots. Its shape is quite different from the boats depicted by Egyptians at this period, but its wide, flat shape bears a close resemblance to the folukas sailed by contemporary Nubians. Two folukas are shown on the right, and one wonders whether the ancient boats had similar triangular sails, sails which enable the boat to sail into the wind and thus up the river against the current.

Caption: NUBIAN |L. Ceramic Figurines R. Folukas on the Nile. |2300 BCE-1700 BCE | Egypt
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