Globular black-topped red polished jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 334
Overall: 25.5 x 17 cm (10 1/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This globular jar has low-set shoulders, a rounded base, a long straight neck, and a folded rim. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and burnishing 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. The jar is cracked, and a portion of the neck and rim has broken away and is missing.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 334. 1914: 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