Globular black-topped red polished jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 314
Overall: 18.5 x 12 cm (7 5/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This globular, almost spherical jar has a short concave neck, and a straight flaring rim. 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 jar over in the firing process to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 314. 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 the Sudan.
(Accession date: July 13, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition