Bowl with running spiral decoration
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K I (Lower Deffufa)
Height: 12.4 cm (4 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition