Black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Object Place: Egypt
Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
From Kerma, tomb K 439. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition and assigned to the MFA by the Sudanese government.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition