Globular black-topped red polished jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 2000, debris
Overall: 19.6 x 13.6 cm (7 11/16 x 5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This globular jar has a rounded base, a flaring neck, and an outwardly pulled 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 2000, 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 the Sudan.
(Accession date: July 13, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition