Globular black-topped red polished jar

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 314

Dimensions

Overall: 18.5 x 12 cm (7 5/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.3327

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition