Globular black-topped red polished jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 3801
Overall: 21.5 x 11 cm (8 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This globular black-topped red polished jar has a long straight neck that widens at the top to a flaring, slightly rolled rim. There is an indentation resembling a rilling line at the point of articulation of the body and the neck. The red surface of the jar 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 3801. 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 14, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition