Black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Kubban, Cemetery 110, Grave 23
Overall: 11.7 x 15.1 cm (4 5/8 x 5 15/16 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 Nubia (Egypt), Kubban. (ASN 110/23). 1911: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; awarded to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: June 28, 2006)
Archaeological Survey of Nubia