Black-topped red polished beaker

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, tumulus IV, grave 429

Dimensions

Overall: 9 x 11 cm (3 9/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.5104

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

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The Ancient World

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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, tumulus IV, grave 429. 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