Black-topped red polished beaker

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317

Dimensions

Height x diameter (a): 12.1 x 15 cm (4 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.) Height x diameter (b): 12.1 x 15.5 cm (4 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.3073a-b

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. The interior is black polished. There is a black and white band around the mid section.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317. 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: January 1, 1914)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition