Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, K 420
Overall: 12 x 15 cm (4 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a type 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. It is in broken condition.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 420 (K IV 420/20). 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition