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Black-topped red polished Bowl

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height x max. diameter: 6.7 x 14.7 cm (2 5/8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.3087

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bowl is of characteristic Kerma black-topped red polished ware. 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 bowl’s rim is cracked, but it is otherwise complete.

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