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Black-topped red polished bowl

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 444

Dimensions

Overall: 6.5 x 11.7 cm (2 9/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.3119

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bowl is made of a fabric 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.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 444. 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 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition