Globular black-topped red polished jar

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 2000, debris

Dimensions

Overall: 19.6 x 13.6 cm (7 11/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.3395

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition