Black-topped red polished beaker

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1052-13

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14.5 x 16.5 cm (5 11/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.4068

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a type characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles. The black top was attained by turning the beaker over to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash.

(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Provenance

From Kerma, K1052-13. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition