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Early Contacts With Ptolemaic Egypt And The Early Imports

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Besides ivory inlaid cascets, silver and bronze vessels and strainers also fine faience objects arrived from early Ptolemaic Egypt, such as caskets and vases with Hellenizing relief decoration. The vases con- tributed to the development of the thin-walled Meroitic luxury pottery. A good part of the late fourth-early third century Hellenistic Egyptian objects come from tombs in the Begarawiya South cemetery, which was (concurrently with Begarawiya West) the burial ground of non-ruling queens, members of the royal clan, and members of the non-royal elite ever since the eighth century BC. Begarawiya South differs from Begarawiya West in that it ends with two burials of ruling kings, viz., the tomb of Arkamaniqo (Ergamenes), Begarawiya South 6, and the tomb of his direct successor Amanislo, Begarawiya South 5, and with a number of tombs belonging to their family (and court?).

Keywords: bronze vessels; Hellenistic Egyptian objects; Hellenizing relief decoration; ivory inlaid cascets; Meroitic luxury pottery; Ptolemaic Egypt; vases



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