Black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1098
Overall: 12.2 x 13.3 cm (4 13/16 x 5 1/4 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. It was broken but has been mended. Some parts of the vessel are missing.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1098 (K 1098/2). 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: June 8, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition