Black-topped red polished bowl with incised decoration

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 325

Accession Number

20.3223

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

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The Ancient World

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Vessels

This bowl is of black-topped red polished ware. It has a very slightly flaring rim with a bevelled edge to which has been applied an incised stippled pattern of decoration. The red surface of the bowl 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 III, grave 325. 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 27, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition