Black-topped red polished bowl

Nubian
Kerma


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K1052-12

Dimensions

Diameter: 10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.4096

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bowl 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, K1052-12. 1912-13: 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