Globular black-topped red polished jar

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 334

Dimensions

Overall: 25.5 x 17 cm (10 1/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3393

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition