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Black-topped red polished beaker

about 1700–1550 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

20.2123

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.

Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 439. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition and assigned to the MFA by the Sudanese government.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition