Globular black-topped red polished jar

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 3801

Dimensions

Overall: 21.5 x 11 cm (8 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3420

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition