Bowl with running spiral decoration

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K I (Lower Deffufa)

Dimensions

Height: 12.4 cm (4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.5083

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Black ware krater handmade of low-fired Nile alluvial clay, burnished black with incised decoration filled with red and white pigment. Decoration includes running spirals and lotus blossoms, with a rosette on the base. Inscription on the base has been translated by G. Posener as “To Humbaba.” Mended and restored in 1941.

Provenance

From Kerma, K I (Lower Deffufa), Room L, west side, hard debris. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition