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Globular black-topped redware jar

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 1613

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The Ancient World



This globular red polished red ware jar has high shoulders that narrow to an inwardly slanting neck. The upper portion of the neck has broken away and is missing. 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 exterior of the jar shows some signs of burnishing.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1613. 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 12, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition