Globular black-topped red polished jar with repair holes

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma

Dimensions

Overall: 23.8 x 10 cm (9 3/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3399

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This globular black-topped red polished jar has has a rounded base, a straight neck, and a folded 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. The majority of the jar in intact. A portion was once broken, half of which has been mended. the other portion remains missing. There are ancient repair holes just above (three) and to one side (one) of the breaks.

Provenance

From Kerma, likely Cemetery S, possibly grave 421, 424, or 426. 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