Globular black-topped redware jar

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

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


Overall: 23.3 x 18.8 cm (9 3/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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The Ancient World



This globular glack-topped redware jar has a rounded base, a slightly inward slanting neck, and a slightly rolled rim. There is an obvious point of articulation between the upper body and the neck that creates an indented line just above the jars subtle shoulders. The upper portion was broken but has been mended. A small areas of the rim is still missing. A hold near one edge of this break indicates an ancient mend as well. The black top was attained by turning the beaker over to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 2000. 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 10, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition