Black-topped red polished jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S
Overall: 16.3 x 11.3 cm (6 7/16 x 4 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This jar, of highly polished black-topped redware, 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.
(Accession Date: June 28, 2006)
From Kerma. 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 28, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition