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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 436

Dimensions

Overall: 11.7 x 18.8 cm (4 5/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.3158

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bowl is made of a type of pottery characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma culture. 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 436. 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