Black polished beaker with incised line decoration

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus XB, grave 360

Dimensions

Overall: 12 x 13.2 cm (4 3/4 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1704

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bell-shaped (or “tulip”) beaker is of a shape characteristic of the classic period of Kerma pottery. It entirely black poilished and decorated with horizontal bands of incised vertical lines, including on the base. It is in fragments but mended and nearly complete.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus XB, grave 360 (K XB/360). March 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition